uni·​verse ˈyü-nə-ˌvərs How to pronounce universe (audio)
: the whole body of things and phenomena observed or postulated : cosmos: such as
: a systematic whole held to arise by and persist through the direct intervention of divine power
: the world of human experience
: the entire celestial cosmos
: an aggregate of stars comparable to the Milky Way galaxy
: a distinct field or province of thought or reality that forms a closed system or self-inclusive and independent organization
: a set that contains all elements relevant to a particular discussion or problem
: a great number or quantity
a large enough universe of stocks … to choose fromG. B. Clairmont

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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Word History


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

First Known Use

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of universe was in 1589

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“Universe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/universe. Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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uni·​verse ˈyü-nə-ˌvərs How to pronounce universe (audio)
: the whole body of things observed or assumed : cosmos

from Latin universum "whole body of things that exist," from universus "whole, entire," literally, "turned into one," from uni- "one" and versus "turned toward," from vertere "to turn" — related to anniversary, converse, unicorn, versatile

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