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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 Basket, 1949
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
Recent Examples of ubiquitous from the Web
OTTAWA — The name of Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada's first prime minister, is ubiquitous in the country's capital.
The genre-shifting influence of the smiling master is ubiquitous.
The vibe is Instagram chic, with cowhide chairs, pillows with a Memphis-style print, and the leafy plants that are so ubiquitous in businesses catering to a certain millennial, city-dwelling, female clientele.
There are at least a half-dozen varieties in most larger Alabama waters in addition to the ubiquitous bluegill, shellcracker and crappies black and white.
With seven-plus steps becoming ubiquitous in beauty routines thanks to the ever-increasing influence of Korean beauty on the Western skin care market, a multiple-layer process is now the norm.
Not to alarm you, fellow Chicagoans, but someone is trying to grift our fair city: Heinz, that ubiquitous purveyor of ketchup, is trying to sneak the red stuff on your hot dogs.
So any push for more ubiquitous rural broadband will depend on competition for that money.
But the quiz has persisted with remarkable consistency since, with spikes in popularity during a quick magazine boom immediately post-WWII, the Cosmopolitan quizzes of the 1960s and ’70s, and today’s ubiquitous BuzzFeed quizzes.
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Did You Know?
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.
Synonymscommon or garden [chiefly British], commonplace, everyday, familiar, frequent, garden-variety, household, ordinary, quotidian, routine, common, usual
Antonymsextraordinary, infrequent, rare, seldom, uncommon, unfamiliar, unusual
Related Wordsnormal, regular, standard; de rigueur, mandatory, obligatory; general, universal; ceaseless, constant, continual, continuous, incessant, unceasing; endemic, popular, prevailing, prevalent, rampant; perennial, recurrent, repeated
Near Antonymsaberrant, abnormal, irregular, unnatural; intermittent, occasional, sporadic
UBIQUITOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ubiquitous for English Language Learners
: seeming to be seen everywhere
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