universal Definition

  • 1applicable or common to all members of a group or set
  • 2existing or available for everyone
  • 3relating to the universe or all existence

Using universal: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "universal" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The universal language of music transcends cultural barriers.

  • Example

    Access to healthcare should be a universal right.

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    The theory of relativity attempts to explain universal phenomena.

  • Example

    The company aims to create a universal standard for data transfer.

universal Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for universal

Idioms Using universal

  • the quality of being attractive or interesting to everyone


    The movie's universal appeal made it a box office hit around the world.

  • a hypothetical language that could be understood by anyone regardless of their native language


    Some people believe that mathematics is a universal language because its principles are the same everywhere.

  • a statement or belief that is true for all people and all times


    The idea that 'love conquers all' is considered a universal truth by many people.

Phrases with universal

  • the right of all adult citizens to vote in elections


    The country finally granted universal suffrage in 1920.

  • a person with blood type O negative, whose blood can be given to people with any blood type


    In emergency situations, doctors often rely on universal donors to quickly provide blood transfusions.

  • a remote control that can operate multiple electronic devices


    With a universal remote, you can control your TV, DVD player, and sound system all with one device.

Origins of universal

from Latin 'universus', meaning 'whole, entire'


Summary: universal in Brief

The term 'universal' [ˌjuːnɪˈvɜːsl] refers to something that is applicable or common to all members of a group or set, existing or available for everyone, or relating to the universe or all existence. It can describe phenomena like 'universal suffrage,' where all adult citizens have the right to vote, or concepts like 'universal truth,' which are considered true for all people and all times.

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