uni·​ver·​sal·​ize | \ ˌyü-nə-ˈvər-sə-ˌlīz How to pronounce universalize (audio) \
universalized; universalizing

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universalization \ ˌyü-​nə-​ˌvər-​sə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce universalization (audio) \ noun

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It was judged old-fashioned—out of touch with social trends, conventional in form and naive in its attempts to universalize identity. Paula Marantz Cohen, WSJ, "Arthur Miller’s ‘Everyman’ Is an Antidote to Identity Politics," 22 Feb. 2019 The creators wanted to universalize the story for audiences of all faiths and backgrounds. Joseph Berger, New York Times, "How Do You Say ‘Tradition’ in Yiddish?," 11 July 2018 The universalizing Western order has encountered increasingly powerful resistance from without. Peter Slezkine, The New Republic, "What Happened to the “Free World”?," 22 May 2018 Ramgopal doubts that communication between cultures benefits from an effort to universalize the message. Sasha Geffen, Chicago Reader, "Do This / Music For MCA 50, ambient musician Lykanthea explores culture, history, and identity with her dream ensemble," 18 Oct. 2017 The spread of democracy and of the idea of human rights universalized the notion that citizens have a right to be heard. James Traub, New York Times, "Is Globalization Drawing Us Together or Tearing Us Apart?," 11 Oct. 2017

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1642, in the meaning defined above

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to take the place or position of

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