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Essential Meaning of ubiquitous

: seeming to be seen everywhere ubiquitous celebrities The company's advertisements are ubiquitous.

Full Definition of ubiquitous

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

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." Both words are ultimately derived from the Latin word for "everywhere," which is ubiqueUbiquitous, which has often been used with a touch of exaggeration to describe those things that it seems like you can't go a day without encountering, 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 In the early 2000s, Ascherio and others had found clues that the triggering agent for MS might be Epstein-Barr, or EBV, a particularly ubiquitous member of the herpesvirus family. Megan Molteni, STAT, 14 Jan. 2022 The collection brings together the world famous rapper and creative and the hottest high fashion brand on the planet right now via the ubiquitous American retailer. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, 7 Jan. 2022 Astronomers Discover a Strange Galaxy Without Dark Matter New, high-resolution observations of a faint, fluffy galaxy suggest that dark matter’s not as ubiquitous as scientists thought. Ramin Skibba, Wired, 7 Jan. 2022 For film lovers, Peter Bogdanovich was always a welcome sight, with his ubiquitous glasses and ever-present ascot. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 7 Jan. 2022 At least four homes on a patch of land between Tanager and Warbler courts burned all the way through the basements, cars stuck inside garages, brick chimneys standing sentry, the ubiquitous, eerie landmarks of the West’s post-fire landscapes. Washington Post, 5 Jan. 2022 Tencent, known for its ubiquitous WeChat app, has invested in hundreds of up-and-coming businesses, betting extensively on Chinese and overseas startups in areas such as gaming, social media, entertainment and electric vehicles. Dave Sebastian, WSJ, 5 Jan. 2022 The constant reminders of that day - the ubiquitous video footage, the unrelenting news coverage - have made the past year daunting. Paul Schwartzman And Peter Jamison, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Jan. 2022 Deer — ubiquitous in many U.S. communities — are among the most abundant large mammals in the country. NBC News, 3 Jan. 2022

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First Known Use of ubiquitous

1772, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ubiquitous

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15 Jan 2022

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“Ubiquitous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ubiquitous. Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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