ubiquitous

adjective
ubiq·​ui·​tous | \ yü-ˈbi-kwə-təs How to pronounce ubiquitous (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Even in conditions of extreme violence and unfreedom, their words remained ubiquitous, ephemeral, irrepressible, and potentially transgressive. Fara Dabhoiwala, The New York Review of Books, "Speech and Slavery in the West Indies," 3 Aug. 2020 Making mask-wearing ubiquitous may come down to the actions of each individual, says Hartigan. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "How to make masks that everyone will want to wear," 10 July 2020 Goya offerings are ubiquitous in grocery stores across the U.S., sometimes taking up their own entire aisle. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Goya Foods CEO "not apologizing" for praising President Trump," 10 July 2020 Police officers are ubiquitous in American media, with crime shows pulling in more viewers than any other television genre. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, "As police face a public grilling, so do iconic cop shows," 2 July 2020 The threat of ransomware may seem ubiquitous, but there haven't been too many strains tailored specifically to infect Apple's Mac computers since the first full-fledged Mac ransomware surfaced only four years ago. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "New Mac Ransomware Is Even More Sinister Than It Appears," 1 July 2020 But this summer, empty parking spots are as ubiquitous as masked beachgoers. Sophie Hills, The Christian Science Monitor, "Vacation redefined: Head to Cape Cod, act like a homebody," 10 July 2020 The dehumanization of Black bodies was as ubiquitous as Marianas Trench music videos. Kathleen Newman-bremang, refinery29.com, "For Black Women In Media, A “Dream Job” Is A Myth," 9 July 2020 The platform is so ubiquitous in industries like finance and hospitality that some colleges have taken to coaching interviewees on how to speak and move to appeal to the platform’s algorithms. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, "There’s an AI for every step in the hiring process," 9 July 2020

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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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The first known use of ubiquitous was in 1772

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6 Aug 2020

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“Ubiquitous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ubiquitous. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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ubiquitous

adjective
How to pronounce ubiquitous (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of ubiquitous

: seeming to be seen everywhere

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