Definition of university in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌyo͞onəˈvərsədē/

noun (plural universities)

An educational institution designed for instruction, examination, or both, of students in many branches of advanced learning, conferring degrees in various faculties, and often embodying colleges and similar institutions: [in names]: Oxford University the University of California [as modifier]: the university buildings a university professor
More example sentences
  • She was also a university student studying in a really interesting course.
  • We hear a lot about how much it costs a student to get a university degree in the UK these days.
  • So there is a vast amount of information that's available through academic research institutes or in universities.
college, school, academy, institute, polytechnic, alma mater, graduate school



at university

chiefly British Studying at a university.
Example sentences
  • Her younger sister was at university studying biomedical sciences and the family was very short of funds.
  • Kim's alleged second victim was at university in South Korea and came to Britain to study English.
  • Melanie lived at home while at university and met a former boyfriend while studying at Bath.

the university of life

The experience of life regarded as a means of instruction.
Example sentences
  • That is acquiring the knowledge which you will do well to put into practice as you travel to the next stage of your journey through the university of life.
  • He brought the perspective of someone who is educated in the university of life.
  • I didn't have the benefit of a great education as a young man, but the university of life and travel through golf has been an incredible thing for me.


Middle English: from Old French universite, from Latin universitas 'the whole', in late Latin 'society, guild', from universus (see universe).

Words that rhyme with university

adversity, biodiversity, diversity, perversity

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Syllabification: u·ni·ver·si·ty

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