university

noun uni·ver·si·ty \ ˌyü-nə-ˈvər-sə-tē , -ˈvər-stē \

Definition of university

plural universities
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

  1. I applied to several public universities.

  2. He lives near the university.

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Origin and Etymology of university

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



UNIVERSITY Defined for English Language Learners

university

noun

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

university

noun uni·ver·si·ty \ ˌyü-nə-ˈvər-sə-tē \

Definition of university for Students

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


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