Meaning of UNIVERSAL in English


u ‧ ni ‧ ver ‧ sal W3 /ˌjuːnəˈvɜːs ə l◂, ˌjuːnɪˈvɜːs ə l◂ $ -ɜːr-/ BrE AmE adjective

1 . involving everyone in the world or in a particular group:

free universal health care

These stories have universal appeal.

a topic of universal interest

a democracy based on universal suffrage (=when every adult has the right to vote)

2 . true or suitable in every situation:

a universal truth

—universally adverb

—universality /ˌjuːnəvɜːˈsæləti, ˌjuːnɪvɜːˈsæləti $ -ɜːr-/ noun [uncountable]

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.