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Line breaks: uni|ver¦sity
Pronunciation: /juːnɪˈvəːsɪti

Definition of university in English:

noun (plural universities)

A high-level educational institution in which students study for degrees and academic research is done: I went to university at the Sorbonne his daughter is at university
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, academy, educational establishment/institution, institute, varsity;
North American school
historical polytechnic


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


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.

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