universe

noun
uni·​verse | \ ˈyü-nə-ˌvərs How to pronounce universe (audio) \

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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Is this the beginning of him having a major role in this new cinematic universe? David Betancourt, Washington Post, "Spider-Man’s greatest nemesis is in ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ — but it isn’t Mysterio," 5 July 2019 But in this parallel universe, everything is, well, a little off. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "The weird Upside Down science behind 'Stranger Things'," 4 July 2019 Let the answers arise; the universe is encouraging it. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "How to Use This Month's Mercury Retrograde to Your Advantage," 27 June 2019 But science has told us again and again - and this is a deeply humbling message - that the universe is not about us. Anchorage Daily News, "What the Space Age taught us: Earth is the best of all possible worlds," 23 June 2019 In this universe, God is voiced by Frances McDormand. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "20,000 petition to cancel 'Good Omens,' calling it 'satanic.' But they made a huge mistake," 20 June 2019 The universe is full of weird objects, but pulsars take the prize as the strangest things scientists can study directly. Sarah Scoles, Discover Magazine, "Getting to Know Pulsars, the Lighthouses of the Cosmos," 12 June 2019 What is your headspace, entering the long and legendary line of hosts in this universe? Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Orlando Soria's Unspouse My House Is Your Newest HGTV Obsession," 6 June 2019 While people might just brush these off as just little hidden gems in the movies, there is actually one theory out there that brings all these movies together in a shared universe. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "What is the Pixar Theory and What Does It Mean For Your Favorite Movies?," 19 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce universe (audio) \

Kids Definition of universe

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

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