University meaning

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The definition of a university is a high-level school offering classes that can lead to a bachelor’s degree, or to master’s and doctoral degrees at the graduate level.

An example of a university is the University of California at Berkeley.

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The buildings and grounds of such an institution.
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The body of students and faculty of such an institution.
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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.
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An educational institution of the highest level, typically, in the U.S., with one or more undergraduate colleges, together with a program of graduate studies and a number of professional schools, and authorized to confer various degrees, as the bachelor's, master's, and doctor's.
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The grounds, buildings, etc. of a university.
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The students, faculty, and administrators of a university collectively.
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Institution of higher education (typically accepting students from the age of about 17 or 18, depending on country, but in some exceptional cases able to take younger students) where subjects are studied and researched in depth and degrees are offered.

The only reason why I haven't gone to university is because I can't afford it.

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Origin of university

  • Middle English universite from Old French from Medieval Latin ūniversitās from Latin the whole, a corporate body from ūniversus whole universe

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English, "institution of higher learning," "body of persons constituting a university," from Anglo-Norman université, from Old French universitei, from Medieval Latin stem of universitas, in juridical and Late Latin "A number of persons associated into one body, a society, company, community, guild, corporation, etc.," in Latin, "the whole, aggregate," from universus (“whole, entire")

    From Wiktionary