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n. pl. u·ni·ver·si·ties
1. An institution for higher learning with teaching and research facilities typically including a graduate school and professional schools that award master's degrees and doctorates and an undergraduate division that awards bachelor's degrees.
2. The buildings and grounds of such an institution.
3. The body of students and faculty of such an institution.

[Middle English universite, from Old French, from Medieval Latin ūniversitās, from Latin, the whole, a corporate body, from ūniversus, whole; see universe.]
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n, pl -ties
1. (Education) an institution of higher education having authority to award bachelors' and higher degrees, usually having research facilities
2. (Education) the buildings, members, staff, or campus of a university
[C14: from Old French universite, from Medieval Latin universitās group of scholars, from Late Latin: guild, society, body of men, from Latin: whole, totality, universe]
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(ˌyu nəˈvɜr sɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. an institution of learning of the highest level, comprising a college of liberal arts, a program of graduate studies, and several professional schools, and authorized to confer both undergraduate and graduate degrees.
2. the buildings and facilities of such an institution.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Old French < Medieval Latin ūniversitās, Late Latin: guild, corporation, Latin: totality. See universe]
u`ni•ver`si•tar′i•an (-ˈtɛər i ən) n., adj.
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 a body of teachers and students; a number of creatures, persons, or things, 1677; a class of person collectively, 1678.
Examples: the university or common multitude, 1677; of beasts, fowls and fish, 1604; of Christians, 1659; university of all creatures, 1494; of all evils, 1526; of gentiles, 1382; of wickedness, 1382.
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1. used as countable nouns

In both British and American English, a school is a place where children are educated, and a university is a place where students study for degrees.

The village had a church and a school.
Heidelberg is a very old university.
2. used as uncountable nouns

In American English, school (without 'a' or 'the') is used to refer to both schools and universities. If someone is attending a school or university, Americans say that they are in school.

All the children were in school.
She is doing well in school.

When speakers of American English ask an adult 'Where did you go to school?', they mean 'What college or university did you study in?'.

In British English, school refers only to schools for children. If someone is attending a school, British speakers say they are at school. If they are attending a university, British speakers say they are at university.

I was at school with Joty, but I haven't seen her since I was 16.
She is studying medicine at university.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend: - the body of faculty and students at a universityuniversity - the body of faculty and students at a university
body - a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity; "the whole body filed out of the auditorium"; "the student body"; "administrative body"
academe, academia - the academic world
grad school, graduate school - a school in a university offering study leading to degrees beyond the bachelor's degree
gown - the members of a university as distinguished from the other residents of the town in which the university is located; "the relations between town and gown are always sensitive"
varsity - a British abbreviation of `university'; usually refers to Oxford University or Cambridge University - establishment where a seat of higher learning is housed, including administrative and living quarters as well as facilities for research and teachinguniversity - establishment where a seat of higher learning is housed, including administrative and living quarters as well as facilities for research and teaching
city university - an urban university in a large city
establishment - a public or private structure (business or governmental or educational) including buildings and equipment for business or residence
Oxbridge - general term for an ancient and prestigious and privileged university (especially Oxford University or Cambridge University)
redbrick university - (British informal) a provincial British university of relatively recent founding; distinguished from Oxford University and Cambridge University - a large and diverse institution of higher learning created to educate for life and for a profession and to grant degreesuniversity - a large and diverse institution of higher learning created to educate for life and for a profession and to grant degrees
educational institution - an institution dedicated to education
college - an institution of higher education created to educate and grant degrees; often a part of a university
multiversity - a university system having several separate campuses and colleges and research centers
Open University - a British university that is open to people without formal academic qualifications and where teaching is by correspondence or broadcasting or summer school
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"The use of a university is to make young gentlemen as unlike their fathers as possible" [Woodrow Wilson]
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A. Nuniversidad f
to be at universityestar en la universidad
to go to universityir a la universidad
to study at universityestudiar en la universidad
a university placeuna plaza universitaria
he has a university educationha cursado estudios universitarios
Lancaster Universityla Universidad de Lancaster
B. CPD [degree, year, professor, student] → universitario; [library] → de la universidad
university entrance Nacceso m a la universidad
university entrance examinationexamen m de ingreso a la universidad
university hospital Nhospital m universitario
university town Nciudad f que tiene universidad
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nuniversité f
She's at university → Elle est à l'université.
Lancaster University → l'université de Lancaster
Do you want to go to university?
BUT Est-ce que tu veux faire des études universtaires?.
modif [graduate, lecturer] → d'université; [year] → universitaire; [campus, library, department] → universitaire
He's a university professor → Il est professeur à l'université
University professors intend to go on strike → Les professeurs d'université ont l'intention de faire grève. university faculty, university feesuniversity degree ndiplôme m universitaireuniversity education n
to have a university education → avoir fait des études universitaires
He has a university education → Il a fait des études entrance examination nexamen m d'entrée à l'universitéuniversity faculty nfaculté funiversity fees ndroits mpl universitaires, frais mpl d'inscription à l'universitéuniversity student nétudiant(e) m/f (à l'université)
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nUniversität f; the university of lifedie Schule des Lebens; which university does he go to?wo studiert er?; to be at/go to universitystudieren; to be at/go to London Universityin London studieren
adj attrUniversitäts-; qualifications, educationakademisch; university libraryUniversitätsbibliothek f; university teacherHochschullehrer(in) m(f)


university entrance (examination)
nZulassungsprüfung for Aufnahmeprüfung fzum Studium
university hospital
university man
nAkademiker m
university town
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1. nuniversità f inv
Oxford University → l'Università di Oxford
to be at/go to university → essere/andare all'università
2. adj (student, professor, education) → universitario/a
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(juːniˈvəːsəti) plural uniˈversities noun
(the buildings or colleges of) a centre of advanced education and research, that has the power to grant degrees. He'll have four years at university after he leaves school; (also adjective) a university student.
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جَامِعَة univerzita universitet Uni, Universität μόνο, πανεπιστήμιο uni, universidad yliopisto fac, université sveučilište, sveučillište università 大学 대학 universiteit universitet uniwersytet universidade университет universitet, universitetet ตัวย่อของมหาวิทยาลัย, มหาวิทยาลัย üniversite đại học, trường đại học 大学
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n. universidad.
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