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 After her termination, Neal-Boylan reached out to UML Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney, Provost Joseph Hartman and Provost Julie Nash, accusing the university of using her email regarding Black Lives Matter as an excuse to fire her. Fox News, "Dean fired after saying 'BLACK LIVES MATTER, but also, EVERYONE'S LIFE MATTERS' in email," 3 July 2020 DeWine announced sweeping budget cuts to education in May, including a $300 million reduction in K-12 public-school funding and $110 million from college and university funding, though some cuts were offset through federal funds. Emily Bamforth, cleveland, "Ohio releases guidelines for fall learning; schools must develop mask policy, but students are not required to wear them," 2 July 2020 The university planned to end the semester by Thanksgiving to minimize the spread of the coronavirus ahead of flu season. Dakin Andone, CNN, "USC says most undergraduate classes will be online for fall semester," 2 July 2020 In November of 2019, assistant athletic director of facilities Brandon Sevedge explained the university’s position on finishing the project on time in an interview with Joseph Goodman |, al, "Coronavirus outbreak hits Bryant-Denny construction as deadline nears," 2 July 2020 The new delay will cost the university about $4 million, Robbins said. Grace Oldham, The Arizona Republic, "University of Arizona again delays planned furloughs for 15,000 employees," 2 July 2020 In addition, the university’s collection of Mexican American art will become part of the ITC’s holdings. Deborah Martin,, "Most of staff at UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio laid off, including Texas Folklife Festival director," 2 July 2020 The university conducted testing on June 20 and 21. oregonlive, "3.4% of people in Newport have coronavirus, OSU study finds," 1 July 2020 The 21-member task force will be led by Sylvia Carey-Butler, the university’s chief diversity officer. Eric Stirgus, ajc, "Kennesaw State group to explore ‘racial challenges and opportunities’," 1 July 2020

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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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The first known use of university was in the 14th century

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“University.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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