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 of university from the Web
Fewer than 70% of school leavers went on to university last year, the lowest level in almost 20 years.
Calipari's presence in D.C. continues his support for the Craft family, who are longtime donors to the university.
Universities make their communities a better place through education.
The result was a 2014 Concordat on Openness on Animal Research in the United Kingdom, now signed by 116 life science organizations, including 42 universities.
Under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, college and universities are prohibited from allowing any discrimination on the basis of gender.
For years the conservative movement has been running on weaponized resentment, and one of the prime targets for that ire has been colleges and universities.
Other states, universities and companies were placing new bets while New Mexico's spaceport stalled.
Under state law, the governor must appoint people selected by a nominating committee whose members are appointed by professional scientific and engineering organizations, universities and watchdog organizations.
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Origin and Etymology of university
Middle English universite, from Anglo-French université, from Medieval Latin universitat-, universitas, from Latin universus
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
UNIVERSITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of university for English Language Learners
: a school that offers courses leading to a degree (such as a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree) and where research is done
UNIVERSITY Defined for Kids
Definition of university for Students
: an institution of higher learning that gives degrees in special fields and where research is performed
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