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[yoo-bik-wi-tuh s] /yuˈbɪk wɪ təs/
existing or being everywhere, especially at the same time; omnipresent:
ubiquitous fog; ubiquitous little ants.
Also, ubiquitary
[yoo-bik-wi-ter-ee] /yuˈbɪk wɪˌtɛr i/ (Show IPA)
Origin of ubiquitous
1830-40; ubiquit(y) + -ous
Related forms
ubiquitously, adverb
ubiquitousness, noun
nonubiquitary, adjective
nonubiquitous, adjective
nonubiquitously, adverb
nonubiquitousness, noun
unubiquitous, adjective
unubiquitously, adverb
unubiquitousness, noun
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Examples from the web for ubiquitous
  • Citrus is so ubiquitous in the market these days, the peak seasons of the various fruits tend to be forgotten.
  • Corruption is ubiquitous, and the government has been accused of authoritarianism.
  • Personal computers have become ubiquitous in rich countries.
  • Servility towards power is a ubiquitous phenomenon.
  • Dogs will sweep the station, and police will be ubiquitous.
  • Caught between ubiquitous marketing and conflicting science, many consumers can't tell what to believe.
  • It's no wonder green topics are ubiquitous in publishing.
British Dictionary definitions for ubiquitous


having or seeming to have the ability to be everywhere at once; omnipresent
Derived Forms
ubiquitously, adverb
ubiquity, ubiquitousness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin ubīque everywhere, from ubī where
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Word Origin and History for ubiquitous

"turning up everywhere," 1837, from ubiquity + -ous. The earlier word was ubiquitary (1580s), from Modern Latin ubiquitarius, from ubique. Related: Ubiquitously; ubiquitousness.

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