universe

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English universe, 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 vertō (to turn).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈjuːnɪˌvɜːs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈjuːnəˌvɝs/
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  • Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)s

Proper noun[edit]

universe

  1. Alternative letter-case form of Universe; Our universe.

Noun[edit]

universe (plural universes)

  1. The sum of everything that exists in the cosmos.
    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. (marketing, economics) A sample taken from the population.
  5. An imaginary collection of worlds.
    The universe in this comic book series is richly imagined.
  6. (literature, films) A collection of stories with characters and settings that are less interrelated than those of sequels or prequels.
  7. A whole world, in the sense of perspective or social setting.
    That didn’t just rock my world, it rocked my universe.
  8. (archaic) The Earth, the sphere of the world.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From ūniversus +‎ (adverbial suffix).

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Adverb[edit]

ūniversē (not comparable)

  1. Generally; in general.

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French univers, from Latin ūniversus.

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Noun[edit]

universe

  1. (Late Middle English, rare) The universe; the stars.

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Descendants[edit]

  • English: universe
  • Scots: universe

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