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"universal" in British English

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universaladjective

uk   /ˌjuː.nɪˈvɜː.səl/  us   /-ˈvɝː-/
B2 existingeverywhere or ​involving everyone: a universal ​truth Food, like ​sex, is a ​subject of ​almost universal ​interest. The new ​reforms have not ​met with universal ​approval within the ​party.
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universality
noun [U] uk   /-vɜːˈsæl.ɪ.ti/  us   /-vɝːˈsæl.ə.t̬i/ formal
universally
adverb uk   us   /-i/
(Definition of universal from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"universal" in American English

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universaladjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˌju·nəˈvɜr·səl/
existingeverywhere or ​involving everyone: Congressrejected the ​proposal for universal ​healthinsurance.
universally
adverb  us   /ˌju·nəˈvɜr·sə·li/
Water is one of the most ​common and universally ​knownsubstances, but researchers are still ​learning more about it.
(Definition of universal from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"universal" in Business English

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universaladjective

uk   us   /ˌjuːnɪˈvɜːsəl/
existing everywhere or involving everyone: universal access/service/standards The ​wirelessinfrastructureprovides universal ​access to the ​internet for all ​residents. universal ​agreement/​appeal/​approval All of the ​candidatesagreed on the need for some ​form of universal ​healthcare.
(Definition of universal from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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