Meaning of “universe” in the English Dictionary

"universe" in British English

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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 /ˈjuːnɪvɜːs/ us

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)