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universe

noun [S]
 
 
/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)
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