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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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Recent Examples on the Web These ubiquitous generators pose risks of their own by belching toxic fumes, experts say, and customers are forced to pay exorbitant electricity bills to the unaccountable and often corrupt businessmen who own the machines. Washington Post, 24 July 2021 These accounts captured how agents are simultaneously ubiquitous and invisible. Ken Armstrong, ProPublica, 23 July 2021 Donovan predicts a future in which even workplaces will use birth charts and apps like hers to help better understand employees, like the ubiquitous Myers-Briggs personality test. Raisa Bruner, Time, 23 July 2021 The seemingly ubiquitous coffee shop chain will open its first-ever location in the city this fall, the developer of an office building in Malden Center said Monday. BostonGlobe.com, 20 July 2021 Pocket Casts now has a new home in Automattic, best known as the parent company behind the ubiquitous WordPress website-publishing platform. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, 20 July 2021 Instead, the ubiquitous motorbikes that flood every street—and sometimes sidewalk—are the primary mode of transportation. Kathryn Romeyn, Travel + Leisure, 16 July 2021 Snagging several of the decade’s ubiquitous fragrance campaigns (Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Giò and Chanel Allure) took Kruger into modeling’s top tier and resulted in her face being everywhere from billboards to bus stops. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 15 July 2021 The warping power of living around so much ubiquitous money in such close proximity skews and sometimes makes toxic the space of the art world to this day. Jerry Saltz, Curbed, 13 July 2021

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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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“Ubiquitous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ubiquitous. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ubiquitous

: seeming to be seen everywhere

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