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universal

adjective

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1 able to do many different kinds of things
  • a universal wrench

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2 belonging or relating to the whole
  • mankind's universal need for affection

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3 covering everything or all important points
  • the genius of Leonardo da Vinci was universal: he was an artist, an architect, an engineer, and a scientist, among other things

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4 present in all places and at all times
  • after the home team won the national championship, throughout the city a sense of pride was as universal as the air

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“Universal.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/universal. Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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