Meaning of “university” in the English Dictionary

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"university" in British English

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universitynoun [ C ]

uk /ˌjuː.nɪˈvɜː.sə.ti/ us /ˌjuː.nəˈvɝː.sə.t̬i/

A1 a place where people people study for an undergraduate (= first) or postgraduate (= higher level) degree:

Which university did you go to/were you at (= did you study at)?
She teaches at the University of Connecticut.
I graduated from Liverpool University in 2012.
a university campus/degree/professor

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  • She was rejected the first time she applied to the university, but when she reapplied the following year she was accepted.
  • Researchers at universities are always complaining about lack of funds.
  • You usually need three A levels to get into university.
  • She's going to study law at university.
  • The majority of the employees have university degrees.

(Definition of “university” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"university" in American English

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universitynoun [ C/U ]

us /ˌju·nəˈvɜr·sɪ·t̬i/

a place of higher education usually for people who have finished twelve years of schooling and where they can obtain more knowledge and skills, and get a degree to recognize this:

[ U ] a university campus/professor
[ C ] She applied to six universities and was accepted by three.

(Definition of “university” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)