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.
Recent Examples on the Web The story of the university’s founding really started in 1869 when the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word arrived in San Antonio from Galveston, where the order was founded. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 12 Jan. 2022 His most recent position there was as assistant director for parking at one of the university’s two main campuses. New York Times, 12 Jan. 2022 More than half of the university’s trustees are appointed by the governor., 5 Jan. 2022 Historically, the faculty was the core of the university, assisted in their duties by a small cadre of administrators (often professors taking time off from teaching duties). Samuel Goldman, The Week, 28 Dec. 2021 The sculpture, which stood in the Haking Wong Building of the university, was part of a series of works by Danish artist Jens Galschiøt created in 1997 -- the year Hong Kong was returned to China after more than 150 years of British rule. Karen Smith, CNN, 23 Dec. 2021 Billy Kwok, a University of Hong Kong student, said the Pillar of Shame has been treated as part of the university by many who studied there. Zen Soo, Anchorage Daily News, 23 Dec. 2021 The state of Maryland, on behalf of the university, settled the matter on behalf of each defendant, according to Ruff. Ryan Mcfadden,, 17 Dec. 2021 Her son, Finn ( Tom Taylor ), has dropped out of university. John Anderson, WSJ, 14 Dec. 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 20 Jan. 2022.

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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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