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 universalize (audio) \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web Rather than water down the varied experiences of trans people by attempting to universalize them, the comparison illuminates both Reese’s and Katrina’s plights. Crispin Long, The New Yorker, "The Insider Insights of “Detransition, Baby”," 31 Jan. 2021 And nearly all seek to universalize a stubbornly individual experience, insisting that their authors’ successful weight loss is proof positive that one person’s experience can and will work for every other person. Your Fat Friend, SELF, "I’m a Fat Activist and I Collect Vintage Diet Books," 3 Apr. 2020 Blockchain could simultaneously universalize and democratize that process, according to Esserman. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Exclusive: This Doctor Wants to Use Salesforce Blockchain to Cut Cancer Drug Development Costs in Half," 21 Nov. 2019 In rich countries with bountiful resources, policy-makers and experts debate the merits of universalizing pre-kindergarten, or how play can benefit toddlers. Annabelle Timsit, Quartz Africa, "Malawi is testing using wearables to measure kids’ well-being," 24 July 2019 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

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1642, in the meaning defined above

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“Universalize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/universalize. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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