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

(2) : milky way galaxy

(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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Nickelodeon's foray into the streaming universe comes at a time when companies have been slowly but surely pulling their catalogues from various services in an effort to launch their own platforms. Devon Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Nickelodeon Has Started Its Very Own Streaming Service," 29 Aug. 2018 Spider-Man would go on to become arguably the most indispensable and recognizable character in the Marvel universe, and Doctor Strange a member of its permanent pantheon. Karen Matthews, BostonGlobe.com, "Steve Ditko, 90, Spider-Man cocreator," 7 July 2018 Spider-Man would go on to become arguably the most indispensable and recognizable character in the Marvel universe, and Doctor Strange a member of its permanent pantheon. Karen Matthews, Fox News, "Steve Ditko, Spider-Man co-creator, dies at age 90," 6 July 2018 Just as in real life, bad behavior by thoughtless people has followed us into the online universe. Dwight Silverman, San Antonio Express-News, "How to be a good internet citizen," 3 July 2018 That’s how both will benefit: Oprah will expand her presence into the tech universe, which is where TV is going. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Oprah Deal Part of Apple's Push for Broad Audience," 26 June 2018 What’s changing, however, is the quest by developers to bring narrative-rich experiences into the multiplayer universe. Todd Martens, latimes.com, "Surviving as a single-player in video game's multiplayer world," 20 June 2018 Kingdom Hearts III, the first franchise title on an Xbox system, showed off a new area incorporating Frozen's Elsa and Olaf into the expansive fantasy universe. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Microsoft pushes exclusives, premieres at pre-E3 press conference," 10 June 2018 Star Wars fans will also recognize some details about the Falcon from previous films and other official materials from the Star Wars universe. Mike Miller, PEOPLE.com, "How Solo: A Star Wars Story Will Show the Millennium Falcon in All Its Glory," 29 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of universe

the 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


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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