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"universe" in British English

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universenoun

uk   /ˈjuː.nɪ.vɜːs/  us   /ˈjuː.nə.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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(Definition of universe from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"universe" in American English

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universenoun [U]

 us   /ˈju·nəˌvɜrs/
everything that exists, esp. all physical matter, including all the stars and planets in space
(Definition of universe from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"universe" in Business English

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universenoun [S]

uk   us   /ˈjuːnɪvɜːs/
MARKETING a collection of people, things, or companies that have similar characteristics or features: We rank a broad universe of stocks using both value characteristics and growth characteristics. Salesmen seeking business leads pay extra for the service to be able to contact a broader universe of people.
a particular activity, or the people and companies involved in a particular activity: the business/corporate/online universe The online universe is brimming with dozens of virtual worlds vying to build sustainable life. They chose a fund with a global rather than a limited investment universe. The company claimed 7,500 accounts nationwide - a small but not insignificant piece of a universe of 750,000 U.S. food-service operators.
(Definition of universe from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “universe”
in Spanish universo…
in Vietnamese vũ trụ, vạn vật…
in Malaysian alam semesta…
in Thai จักรวาล…
in French univers…
in German das Universum…
in Chinese (Simplified) 宇宙, 天地万物, 万象…
in Indonesian alam semesta…
in Chinese (Traditional) 宇宙, 天地萬物, 萬象…
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“universe” in Business English

A bunch of stuff about plurals
A bunch of stuff about plurals
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by Colin McIntosh One of the many ways in which English differs from other languages is its use of uncountable nouns to talk about collections of objects: as well as never being used in the plural, they’re never used with a or an. Examples are furniture (plural in German and many other languages), cutlery (plural in Italian), and

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