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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 ​physicalmatter, ​including all the ​stars, ​planets, galaxies, etc. in ​space: Is there ​intelligentlifeelsewhere in the universe?
[C] a universe that could be ​imagined to ​existoutsideour 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 ​novelsinhabit 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 ​physicalmatter, ​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 ​seekingbusinessleadspayextra 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 ​virtualworlds vying to ​buildsustainablelife. They chose a ​fund with a ​global rather than a ​limited investment universe. The ​companyclaimed 7,500 ​accountsnationwide - 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

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