from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make universal; generalize.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To make universal, to make consistent or common across all cases.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make universal; to generalize.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make universal; generalize. Also spelled universalise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make universal
A Hanukkah menorah most certainly does not "universalize" a Christmas tree; if anything, the opposite is true: it turns the tree, which symbolizes a holiday whose message is "joy to the world and peace on Earth" into a particularist symbol like the menorah itself.
Similarly, if we take a three-place relation Sxyz and "universalize" the third argument position, we get a two place relation that we might represent thus: zSxyz
BUENOS AIRES: Argentine President Cristina Kirchner proposed to "universalize" her country's claims over the potentially oil-rich Falkland Islands, but vowed not to resort to military force.
Kirchner has proposed to "universalize" her country's claims over the Falkland Islands, but vowed not to resort to military force.
Some people seem to feel the urge to universalize this burgeoning sense of liberation, and our cultural obsession with generationalism provides a handy outlet.
We must be vigilant in ensuring that the furor over Wikileaks does not establish a norm that these repressive countries would welcome and seek to universalize.
Bush's most breath-taking ambition may have been to universalize the Bush Doctrine -- to favored countries, of course.
I recalled our training at Memorial: do not judge and do not universalize your experience.
In Seeking to ‘make a name for themselves,’ to found at the same time a universal tongue and a unique genealogy, the Semites want to bring the world to reason, and this reason can signify simultaneously a colonial violence (since they would thus universalize their idiom) and a peaceful transparency of the human community.
I hope it fails to universalize health care or to sustain race-based affirmative action.