universe

noun
uni·​verse | \ ˈyü-nə-ˌvərs \

Definition of universe

1 : the whole body of things and phenomena observed or postulated : cosmos: such as
a : a systematic whole held to arise by and persist through the direct intervention of divine power
b : the world of human experience
c(1) : the entire celestial cosmos
(3) : an aggregate of stars comparable to the Milky Way galaxy
2 : a distinct field or province of thought or reality that forms a closed system or self-inclusive and independent organization
4 : a set that contains all elements relevant to a particular discussion or problem
5 : a great number or quantity a large enough universe of stocks … to choose from— G. B. Clairmont

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Examples of universe in a Sentence

How many stars are there in the universe? It means more to me than anything else in the entire universe. She is convinced that parallel universes exist. He creates his own universe in his novels. New York City is the center of the publishing universe.
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What are the rules of the world of the universe? Where does religion play into this? Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Black Panther Breakout Winston Duke Is Ready to Reset Hollywood," 4 Dec. 2018 One of my favorites is Black Widow, the Avenger played by Scarlett Johansson in the cinematic universe. Jill Robi, Glamour, "Stan Lee Leaves Behind a Legacy of Powerful Female Characters," 13 Nov. 2018 But while Bond films are essentially self-contained, the Peperverse, like the Star Trek universe, continues to expand and reveal new angles and shades never contemplated in earlier work. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Borderless shows us the tech-fueled nightmare that we’ve all created," 8 Nov. 2018 But new research might give us the next best thing—an exoplanet orbiting the real-life star that Vulcan is said to be orbiting in the Star Trek universe. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Greetings From Vulcan? Planet Discovered Orbiting the Star of Spock's Homeworld in "Star Trek"," 19 Sep. 2018 Points for including Tom Hiddleston as Loki (my favorite character in the whole universe) negated for including the Convergence and the Dark Elves. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "We rank every movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, from worst to best," 6 July 2018 Lucky for us all that still, for now, over in this strange alternate universe, trash is treasure. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Every Furby gets a home," 21 Dec. 2018 For an alternate design universe, be sure to visit Fornasetti. Andrew Ferren, WSJ, "Italy’s Hottest New Destination? Yes, Milan," 11 Sep. 2018 For example, Planck's first data release, in March 2013, showed that the universe is 13.82 billion years old — about 100 million years older than previously thought. Mike Wall, Space.com, "Observations of the Early Universe Reaffirm the Existence of Dark Matter and Dark Energy," 18 July 2018

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First Known Use of universe

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for universe

Middle English, from Latin universum, from neuter of universus entire, whole, from uni- + versus turned toward, from past participle of vertere to turn — more at worth

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universe

noun

English Language Learners Definition of universe

: all of space and everything in it including stars, planets, galaxies, etc.
: an area of space or a world that is similar to but separate from the one that we live in
: the people, places, experiences, etc., that are associated with a particular person, place, or thing

universe

noun
uni·​verse | \ ˈyü-nə-ˌvərs \

Kids Definition of universe

: all created things including the earth and heavenly bodies viewed as making up one system

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