uni·​ver·​si·​ty | \ ˌyü-nə-ˈvər-sə-tē How to pronounce university (audio) , -ˈvər-stē \
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Definition of university

1 : an institution of higher learning providing facilities for teaching and research and authorized to grant academic degrees specifically : one made up of an undergraduate division which confers bachelor's degrees and a graduate division which comprises a graduate school and professional schools each of which may confer master's degrees and doctorates
2 : the physical plant of a university

Examples of university in a Sentence

I applied to several public universities. He lives near the university.
Recent Examples on the Web The medical leader came to the university after a clash between the U.’s health care system and the Huntsman Cancer Institute. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Interim president named to lead University of Utah after Ruth Watkins’ departure," 19 Feb. 2021 Appointments are required for both the drive-through clinic and the sit-down site at the POD, according to the university. Peiyu Lin, The Arizona Republic, "UA in Tucson launches 3rd state-run COVID-19 vaccine site, 1st for people without a car," 18 Feb. 2021 So far, 23 parishioners have completed the program, and 32 are now attending courses, according to the university. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, "University of Dallas partners with local parishes to offer Spanish-language training," 16 Feb. 2021 We were told to come to university even though the coronavirus crisis was volatile. Elissa Reynolds,, "I Almost Dropped Out Because My Student Halls Were Inadequate," 7 Feb. 2021 Police in riot gear blocked the main entrance to the university. NBC News, "Internet blackout fails to deter thousands from protesting Myanmar coup," 7 Feb. 2021 A day after a dominating performance in the team’s first meet of the season at Cal State Bakersfield, an attorney for a group of wrestling parents accused the Stanford athletic department of deceit and fraud in a letter to the university. Ann Killion,, "Parents of Stanford wrestlers send letter alleging fraud, deceit by athletic department," 26 Jan. 2021 Tuscaloosa County, just west of Birmingham and home to the university of Alabama, saw its 7-day average drop by more than 100 cases per day since early January. Ramsey Archibald |, al, "Parts of Alabama emerging from post-holiday COVID surge," 21 Jan. 2021 No doctoral programs outside the U's College of Liberal Arts have paused admissions, according to the university. Ryan Faircloth, Star Tribune, "University of Minnesota scales back liberal arts Ph.D. programs amid pandemic," 15 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of university

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for university

Middle English universite, from Anglo-French université, from Medieval Latin universitat-, universitas, from Latin universus

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“University.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of university

: a school that offers courses leading to a degree (such as a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree) and where research is done


uni·​ver·​si·​ty | \ ˌyü-nə-ˈvər-sə-tē How to pronounce university (audio) \
plural universities

Kids Definition of university

: an institution of higher learning that gives degrees in special fields and where research is performed

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