Definition of universe in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈyo͞onəˌvərs/


(the universe)
1All existing matter and space considered as a whole; the cosmos. The universe is believed to be at least 10 billion light years in diameter and contains a vast number of galaxies; it has been expanding since its creation in the Big Bang about 13 billion years ago.
Example sentences
  • Among the many mysteries in the universe is the dark matter in galaxies and clusters.
  • This implied that the universe was expanding and led the way to the Big Bang theory.
  • Many people want to find God in the creation of the universe, in the big bang that started it all off.
cosmos, macrocosm, totality;
infinity, all existence, Creation;
space, outer space, firmament
1.1A particular sphere of activity, interest, or experience: the front parlor was the hub of her universe
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  • I knew that Truth was peace and joy and I knew it was effortless, but thinking this and experiencing this are universes apart.
  • They spiced up our holiday and enabled us to discover their universes and their cultures, familial and national.
  • Flynn remembers meeting them in a challenge game a few years back in Ballymun but aside from that they have inhabited separate universes.
world, sphere, domain, preserve, milieu, province
1.2 ( Logic also universe of discourse) another term for universal set.
Example sentences
  • This arrangement, however, has the unusual feature that, for every grammatical subject of such a universally quantified sentence, there will be a different universe of discourse.
  • Also challenged is the view that conversion entails changes in the beliefs, values, identities, and the universe of discourse of individuals.
  • Similarly, one can prove the consistency of predicate logic (or the pure epsilon calculus), by specializing to interpretations where the universe of discourse has a single element.


Late Middle English: from Old French univers or Latin universum, neuter of universus 'combined into one, whole', from uni- 'one' + versus 'turned' (past participle of vertere).

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Syllabification: u·ni·verse

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