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


universal +‎ -ize (Wiktionary)


  • 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: ˆ zSxyz

    Structured Propositions

  • 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.

    The “M” is for “Marketing”

  • 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.

    Elisa Massimino: WikiLeaks and Internet Freedom

  • Bush's most breath-taking ambition may have been to universalize the Bush Doctrine -- to favored countries, of course.

    Anis Shivani: The Prince and the Paupers

  • I recalled our training at Memorial: do not judge and do not universalize your experience.

    Steven Petrow: Remembering Elizabeth Edwards From a Fellow Cancer Survivor

  • 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.

    Archive 2008-07-01

  • I hope it fails to universalize health care or to sustain race-based affirmative action.

    Hopes for the Obama Presidency


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