Definition of University

1. Noun. The body of faculty and students at a university.

Generic synonyms: Body
Group relationships: Academe, Academia
Member holonyms: Grad School, Graduate School
Specialized synonyms: Gown, Varsity

2. Noun. Establishment where a seat of higher learning is housed, including administrative and living quarters as well as facilities for research and teaching.

3. Noun. A large and diverse institution of higher learning created to educate for life and for a profession and to grant degrees.
Generic synonyms: Educational Institution
Member holonyms: College
Specialized synonyms: Multiversity, Open University

Definition of University

1. n. The universe; the whole.

2. n. The universe; the whole.

Definition of University

1. Noun. Institution of higher education (typically accepting students from the age of about 17 or 18, depending on country, but in some cases able to take younger students in exceptional cases) where subjects are studied and researched in depth and degrees are offered. ¹

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Definition of University

1. [n -TIES]

Medical Definition of University

1. Origin: OE. Universite, L. Universitas all together, the whole, the universe, a number of persons associated into one body, a society, corporation, fr. Universus all together, universal: cf. F. Universite. See Universe. 1. The universe; the whole. 2. An association, society, guild, or corporation, especially. One capable of having and acquiring property. "The universities, or corporate bodies, at Rome were very numerous. There were corporations of bakers, farmers of the revenue, scribes, and others." (Eng. Cyc) 3. An institution organised and incorporated for the purpose of imparting instruction, examining students, and otherwise promoting education in the higher branches of literature, science, art, etc, empowered to confer degrees in the several arts and faculties, as in theology, law, medicine, music, etc. A university may exist without having any college connected with it, or it may consist of but one college, or it may comprise an assemblage of colleges established in any place, with professors for instructing students in the sciences and other branches of learning. "The present universities of Europe were, originally, the greater part of them, ecclesiastical corporations, instituted for the education of churchmen . . . What was taught in the greater part of those universities was suitable to the end of their institutions, either theology or something that was merely preparatory to theology." (A. Smith) From the Roman words universitas, collegium, corpus, are derived the terms university, college, and corporation, of modern languages; and though these words have obtained modified significations in modern times, so as to indifferently applicable to the same things, they all agree in retaining the fundamental signification of the terms, whatever may have been added to them. There is now no university, college, or corporation, which is not a juristical person in the sense above explained [see def. 2, above]; wherever these words are applied to any association of persons not stamped with this mark, it is an abuse of terms. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of University

universe of discourse
universities of life
university (current term)
university extension
university of life
university student

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