ubiquitous

adjective
ubiq·​ui·​tous | \ yü-ˈbi-kwə-təs \

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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None other than the most ubiquitous insect on earth: the termite. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Found: A Field of Termite Mounds You Can See From Space," 19 Nov. 2018 Perhaps most ubiquitous of all the carved creations is the alabaster grape—stones painted and polished into trompe l'oeil orbs that look good enough to eat. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Feast Your Eyes on the Next Design Must-Have: Antique Marble Apples, Bananas, and Grapes Galore," 19 Oct. 2018 For the top contenders and underdogs alike, the early hires will focus on fundraising, developing a field staff to generate enthusiasm among voters and forming a digital team that can compete with Mr. Trump’s ubiquitous Twitter presence. Ken Thomas, WSJ, "Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Compete for Campaign Staff," 23 Dec. 2018 Nearly 12 years after unveiling the Apple TV media player, Apple is finally taking steps to kill off stodgy old cable boxes that are a ubiquitous presence in households that subscribe to cable services like Comcast and Cox Communications. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "Apple Hopes to (Finally) Kill Off the Cable Box," 4 June 2018 Giuliani has seemed to be a ubiquitous presence on cable news shows recently, defending Trump and questioning Mueller’s tactics and motivations. Kenneth Singletary, BostonGlobe.com, "Rudy Giuliani was at Yankee Stadium for his birthday and the fans booed him," 28 May 2018 Rudy Giuliani has quickly become a ubiquitous media presence since joining President Donald Trump’s legal team for the sprawling Russia investigation. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Rudy Giuliani Is Managing His Client via Fox News," 21 May 2018 Sanders sometimes finds herself out of the loop and is not the ubiquitous presence that former communications director Hope Hicks was in the president's daily life. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "As a willing warrior for Trump, Sarah Huckabee Sanders struggles to maintain credibility," 5 May 2018 Their global fame today can be ascribed partly to their ubiquitous presence on the food menu in IKEA superstores around the world. Judith Vonberg, CNN, "Abbasolute scandal: Swedish meatballs are really Turkish," 3 May 2018

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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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