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Borrowing from Old French univers, from Latin universum (all things, as a whole, the universe), neuter of universus (all together, whole, entire, collective, general, literally turned or combined into one), from uni-, combining form of unus (one) + versus (turned), perfect passive participle of verto (I turn).



universe (plural universes)

  1. The sum of everything that exists in the cosmos, including time and space itself.
    I think that the universe was created by a life force rather than a deity.
  2. An entity similar to our universe; one component of a larger entity known as the multiverse.
  3. Everything under consideration.
    In all this universe of possibilities, there is only one feasible option.
  4. An imaginary collection of worlds.
    The universe in this comic book series is richly imagined.
  5. Intense form of world in the sense of perspective or social setting.
    That didn’t just rock my world, it rocked my universe.

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  • IPA(key): /uː.nɪˈwɛr.seː/


ūniversē (not comparable)

  1. Generally; in general.