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universe

noun uk   /ˈjuː.nɪ.vɜːs/ us    /-vɝːs/
B1 [S] everything that exists, especially all physical matter, including all the stars, planets, galaxies, etc. in space: Is there intelligent life elsewhere in the universe? [C] a universe that could be imagined to exist outside our own: Scientists have speculated about the possibility of parallel universes. [S] the world, or the world that you are familiar with: The characters in his novels inhabit a bleak and hopeless universe. His family is his whole universe (= everything that is important to him).
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in Spanish universo…
in French univers…
in German das Universum…
in Chinese (Traditional) 宇宙, 天地萬物, 萬象…
in Chinese (Simplified) 宇宙, 天地万物, 万象…
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