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

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.

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For some, getting into Ivy League or other prominent private universities is a feat. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "The College Cheating Scandal Revealed How Obsessed We Are with University Prestige, But What’s It Really Worth?," 14 Mar. 2019 Then again, so has enrollment at four-year universities. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The State of American Trade Schools," 13 Mar. 2019 With 176 partner organizations located in schools, museums, community organizations and universities, SciGirls Connect hosts clubs, camps, and after-school programs for girls across 35 states. Shannon Willoby, Redbook, "Why Girls Need More Mentors in STEM," 8 Mar. 2019 The organization represents over 500 universities throughout more than 50 Commonwealth countries. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Reportedly Supports a Campaign for More Diversity in British Universities," 18 Feb. 2019 There’s begun to be some spaces within universities looking at these questions, but still not a lot. Angela Chen, The Verge, "The dean of UCLA Law explains the uncertain future of forensic science," 20 Dec. 2018 Some colleges and universities have also created their own medical amnesty policies in an effort to keep students safe. Natasha Lavender, SELF, "What to Do if Your Friend Is Passed Out Drunk," 26 Feb. 2019 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended university in Scotland at St Andrews, which is where their relationship began, and isn't far from Dundee. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Stuns in a McQueen Tartan Coat Dress to Visit Dundee's V&A Museum with Prince William," 29 Jan. 2019 Reportedly in attendance at the evening's party were Prince Louis' godmother, Laura Meade, as well as Prince George's godmother, Emilia Jardine Patterson, Kate's friend from university. Jennifer Lance, Glamour, "Kate Middleton Had Not One, but Two Royal Birthday Parties," 12 Jan. 2019

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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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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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