|n.||1.||The universe; the whole.|
|2.||An association, society, guild, or corporation, esp. one capable of having and acquiring property.|
|3.||An institution organized 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. In modern usage, a university is expected to have both an undergraduate division, granting bachelor's degrees, and a graduate division, granting master's or doctoral degrees, but there are some exceptions. In addition, a modern university typically also supports research by its faculty|
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.
|Noun||1.||university - the body of faculty and students at a university|
|2.||university - establishment where a seat of higher learning is housed, including administrative and living quarters as well as facilities for research and teaching|
|3.||university - a large and diverse institution of higher learning created to educate for life and for a profession and to grant degrees|
UNIVERSITY. The name given to certain societies or corporations which are seminaries of learning where youth are sent to finish their education. Among the civilians by this term is understood a corporation.academe, academia, academic, alma mater, classroom, college, college of engineering, collegiate, community college, degree-granting institution, extramural, four-year college, graduate school, institute of technology, interscholastic, intramural, ivied halls, journalism school, junior college, law school, medical school, multiversity, normal, normal school, postgraduate school, preschool, scholastic, school, school of communications, school of education, two-year college, university college, varsity