Meaning of “universal” in the English Dictionary

"universal" in British English

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universaladjective

uk /ˌjuː.nɪˈvɜː.səl/ us /ˌjuː.nəˈvɝː.səl/

B2 existing everywhere 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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  • Over the years her work has compelled universal admiration and trust.
  • The shooting of the policeman has received universal condemnation.
  • One reason for the author's success is that her novels have a universal appeal.
  • Love and relationships will always be a topic of universal interest.
  • Music is often thought of as a universal language.
universality
noun [ U ] uk /ˌjuː.nɪ.vɜːˈsæl.ə.ti/ us /ˌjuː.nə.vɝːˈsæl.ə.t̬i/ formal
universally
adverb uk /ˌjuː.nɪˈvɜː.səl.i/ us /ˌjuː.nəˈvɝː.səl.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/
universally
adverb us /ˌju·nəˈvɜr·sə·li/

Water is one of the most common and universally known substances, 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 /ˌjuːnɪˈvɜːsəl/ us

existing everywhere or involving everyone:

universal access/service/standards The wireless infrastructure provides universal access to the internet for all residents.
All of the candidates agreed on the need for some form of universal health care.

(Definition of “universal” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)