WOTW: universal

| - Tim Lake |

triplo word of the week - universal

“Universal” is an adjective. It has many uses in logic, philosophy, and linguistics. We are interested in the basic everyday meaning. Let’s find out what that is.


The most useful meaning of the adjective “universal” is something connected to or done by all people or things in the world, or in a particular group; it applies to all cases.


+ After World War II the right to vote became universal.

+ Laughter is a universal and major feature of human communication.

+ There is no universal rule about what kind of advert or message works.

+ Some rights are established by law, others are claimed to be universal.

+ The government is considering a universal increase in child benefits.

+ The rules of logic and mathematics are considered to be universal.


Remember you can also use the adverb – universally - too.


The pronunciation is /ˌjuːnɪˈvəːsl/.


This word is in the New General Service List, a list of the 3,000 most common words in English communication. You can get the full list on our website by clicking here.


この単語は、英語で最もよく使われる3,000の単語のリストであるNew General Service Listからのものです。完全なリストはこちらから。



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