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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Granted, screens large and small are a ubiquitous part of our lives these days. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "Grant Park Orchestra review: A visually daunting season-opener with Mayor Lori Lightfoot," 13 June 2019 In a crowded Democratic field, a world of ubiquitous social media and expanded income inequality, candidates have to do more to stand out, and voters are looking for accountability. Jena Mcgregor, Washington Post, "‘A new era’: Trump and 2020 hopefuls are singling out more American companies by name," 13 June 2019 Smartphones and ubiquitous wireless Internet did not exist, and persistent cyberattacks were not a threat. Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, "Mitch McConnell is Making the 2020 Election Open Season for Hackers," 12 June 2019 Frequently found in third-wave coffee shops, on top of wedding cakes or alongside mid-century modern furniture in millennial-chic apartments, succulents are ubiquitous enough to be considered a design cliche. Antonia Noori Farzan, The Denver Post, "Popular succulents are being stolen from California parks and sold on the black market," 12 June 2019 Now Google, which banned Huawei from updates of its ubiquitous Android operating system, is warning that the restriction could become a national security issue, according to the Financial Times (paywall). John Detrixhe, Quartz, "The unintended consequences of Trump’s ban on Huawei are starting to appear," 8 June 2019 Ngoy was the first to package donuts in light pink boxes, now a ubiquitous emblem of the local donut scene. Theo Stroomer, National Geographic, "This is the donut capital of the United States," 5 June 2019 Frequently found in third-wave coffee shops, on top of wedding cakes or alongside mid-century modern furniture in millennial-chic apartments, succulents are ubiquitous enough to be considered a design cliche. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Officials blame black market for popular succulents disappearing from Northern California state parks," 3 June 2019 Google might give Android away for free, but its shareholders should understand that the ubiquitous mobile operating system isn’t a charity act. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "U.S.-China Trade War Could Block Android’s Two-Way Street," 21 May 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'ubiquitous.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of ubiquitous

1772, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ubiquitous

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ubiquitous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of ubiquitous

: seeming to be seen everywhere

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