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Definition of ubiquitous

: existing or being everywhere at the same time : constantly encountered : widespread a ubiquitous fashion

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Other Words from ubiquitous

ubiquitously adverb
ubiquitousness noun

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Ubiquitous comes to us from the noun ubiquity, meaning "presence everywhere or in many places simultaneously." Ubiquity first appeared in print in the late 16th century, but ubiquitous didn't make an appearance until 1830. (Another noun form, ubiquitousness, arrived around 1874.) Both words are ultimately derived from the Latin word for "everywhere," which is ubique. Ubiquitous, which has often been used with a touch of exaggeration for things and people that seem to turn up everywhere, has become a more widespread and popular word than ubiquity. It may not quite be ubiquitous, but if you keep your eyes and ears open, you're apt to encounter the word ubiquitous quite a bit.

Examples of ubiquitous in a Sentence

Hot dogs are the ideal road trip food—inexpensive, portable, ubiquitous. — Paul Lucas, Saveur, June/July 2008 Shawarma is the new street meat. Both a late night favourite and a quick lunch classic, the Middle Eastern dish is now ubiquitous on the streets of Toronto. — Chris Dart, Torontoist, 8 Feb. 2007 In major league locker rooms, ice packs are ubiquitous appendages for pitchers, who wrap their shoulder or elbow or both, the better to calm muscles, ligaments and tendons that have been stressed by the unnatural act of throwing a baseball. — Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated, 26 Mar. 2007 It was before the day of the ubiquitous automobile. Given one of those present adjuncts to farm life, John would have ended his career much earlier. As it was, they found him lying by the roadside at dawn one morning after the horses had trotted into the yard with the wreck of the buggy bumping the road behind them. — Edna Ferber, "Farmer in the Dell," 1919, in One Basket1949 The company's advertisements are ubiquitous. by that time cell phones had become ubiquitous, and people had long ceased to be impressed by the sight of one
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Away's suitcases are now so ubiquitous that finding your hunter green suitcase among the slew of other identical luggage on the baggage carousel can be a bit of a pain. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "Away’s Beach-Inspired Carry-On Is the Only Luggage We Want This Summer," 18 July 2019 Why isn’t her name as ubiquitous as Lumière or Méliès or Edison? Katie Walsh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Be Natural’ sheds light on the first female film director," 18 July 2019 Their neon green backpacks are now ubiquitous in Mexico City, as couriers zip from restaurants to apartments and office buildings. Martha Pskowski, The Verge, "Deaths and injuries don’t slow Uber Eats’ rapid expansion in Mexico," 3 July 2019 Most of us don’t notice its role in keeping the lights on, but steam power is practically ubiquitous. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, "Steam Power: Still Moving Us, Even in the 21st Century," 30 June 2019 Plastics are so ubiquitous in our lives that there are countless other sources of plastic pollution. Mark Tutton And Ed Scott-clarke, CNN, "How rivers became the plastic highway into the oceans," 24 June 2019 The debate occurred as a booming black market for marijuana flourishes throughout the state, particularly in New York City, where the drug is so ubiquitous its scent can be detected regularly on city streets. Henry Goldman And Keshia Clukey / Bloomberg, Time, "N.Y. Lawmakers Pass Bill to Decriminalize Marijuana and Expunge 900,000 Arrests," 21 June 2019 In 2019, smartphones are so ubiquitous that they get involved even when the candidate is right there, in the flesh, IRL, which is forcing candidates to adapt and find opportunities in the constant unquenchable demand for selfies. NBC News, "'Selfie strategy': Candidates have a reason for taking more fan photos than ever," 10 June 2019 This play was written at a time before that trope was so ubiquitous—before Will & Grace and Modern Family—so Lanford Wilson was a kind of pioneer in bringing that sort of character to the stage. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Brandon Uranowitz on Starring in Burn This, Broadway’s Steamiest Show," 24 May 2019

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First Known Use of ubiquitous

1772, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ubiquitous

see ubiquity

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English Language Learners Definition of ubiquitous

: seeming to be seen everywhere

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