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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Prosecutors, meanwhile, have argued that universities and testing companies were the victims of the schemes, and the amount that parents paid should correspond to the penalties' severity. Mark Morales, CNN, "Felicity Huffman is set to become the first parent sentenced for the college admissions scandal Friday," 13 Sep. 2019 In the 2017-18 school year, international university and college students contributed $39 billion to the US economy and supported more than 455,000 jobs in the United States. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "The UK has good news for Indian students—and, perhaps, bad news for the US," 13 Sep. 2019 The program’s network of nonprofit and fully accredited universities and learning providers also has expanded with the recent addition of University of Arizona. Advertorial, Orange County Register, "Cast Members Celebrate One Year of Disney Aspire," 13 Sep. 2019 There’s a lot of support from the university and the people surrounding the program. Giana Han, al, "Gus Malzahn’s ‘Tiger Talk’ preview of Kent State and Seth Williams," 12 Sep. 2019 The crowd went wild after Sen. Bernie Sanders mentioned free education at historically black colleges and universities and canceling all student debt. Jeremy Wallace, Houston Chronicle, "From sea to sky, Democratic debate overtakes Houston," 12 Sep. 2019 Over six years, Tough visited big universities and small liberal arts colleges and community colleges, speaking with more than a hundred students. Wired, "College, Calculus, and the Problem With the SAT," 11 Sep. 2019 Nearly 500 universities and 120 companies in India have contributed to this $150 million mission. The Christian Science Monitor, "Giving brushoffs the brushoff," 5 Sep. 2019 However, African Americans are not stakeholders at predominantly white universities and corporations that profit from our talent. Jemele Hill, The Atlantic, "It’s Time for Black Athletes to Leave White Colleges," 5 Sep. 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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