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Definition of ubiquitous

: existing or being everywhere at the same time : constantly encountered : widespread a ubiquitous fashion

Other Words from ubiquitous

ubiquitously adverb
ubiquitousness noun

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Ubiquitous comes to us from the noun ubiquity, meaning "presence everywhere or in many places simultaneously." Both words are ultimately derived from the Latin word for "everywhere," which is ubiqueUbiquitous, which has often been used with a touch of exaggeration to describe those things that it seems like you can't go a day without encountering, has become a more widespread and popular word than ubiquity. It may not quite be ubiquitous, but if you keep your eyes and ears open, you're apt to encounter the word ubiquitous quite a bit.

Examples of ubiquitous in a Sentence

Hot dogs are the ideal road trip food—inexpensive, portable, ubiquitous. — Paul Lucas, Saveur, June/July 2008 Shawarma is the new street meat. Both a late night favourite and a quick lunch classic, the Middle Eastern dish is now ubiquitous on the streets of Toronto. — Chris Dart, Torontoist, 8 Feb. 2007 In major league locker rooms, ice packs are ubiquitous appendages for pitchers, who wrap their shoulder or elbow or both, the better to calm muscles, ligaments and tendons that have been stressed by the unnatural act of throwing a baseball. — Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated, 26 Mar. 2007 It was before the day of the ubiquitous automobile. Given one of those present adjuncts to farm life, John would have ended his career much earlier. As it was, they found him lying by the roadside at dawn one morning after the horses had trotted into the yard with the wreck of the buggy bumping the road behind them. — Edna Ferber, "Farmer in the Dell," 1919, in One Basket1949 The company's advertisements are ubiquitous. by that time cell phones had become ubiquitous, and people had long ceased to be impressed by the sight of one See More
Recent Examples on the Web Now, such passes are ubiquitous, according to the Public Library Association. Roy Rivenburg, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Aug. 2022 After this abundance of strategic caution, the LG Chem failure seemed unfair to GM and potentially misleading to consumers regarding the safety of EVs generally, since this technology is ubiquitous. Dan Neil, WSJ, 2 Aug. 2022 JD Chesloff, president and chief executive of the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, which represents executives, says concerns about housing are ubiquitous. Kara Miller, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Aug. 2022 The disappointment was ubiquitous when fans learned that Season 2 would not follow the order of the original movies. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 25 July 2022 But hot wings are ubiquitous, typically served alongside pizza at any takeout joint, even found at most grocery stores. Fox News, 22 July 2022 The moody soundtrack is ubiquitous, carrying too much of the emotional weight. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 22 July 2022 The chief executive of MyPillow, the bedding company whose infomercials are ubiquitous in the odd hours of the cable schedule, became a Trump supporter and donor in 2016. New York Times, 19 July 2022 The Changing Landscape Of How The World Connects In today’s world, connectivity is not ubiquitous, and cell phone coverage never will be. Ryan Stevenson, Forbes, 7 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ubiquitous

1772, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ubiquitous

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“Ubiquitous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ubiquitous. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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