- to infer (a general principle, trend, etc.) from particular facts, statistics, or the like.
- to infer or form (a general principle, opinion, conclusion, etc.) from only a few facts, examples, or the like.
- to give a general rather than a specific or special character or form to.
- to make general; bring into general use or knowledge.
- to form general principles, opinions, etc.
- to deal, think, or speak in generalities.
- to make general inferences.
Also especially British, gen·er·al·ise.
Origin of generalize
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Examples from the Web for generalise
While perhaps to generalise these delights, a trundled organ tossed a ragtime.The Paliser case
I look at a strong tendency to generalise as an entire evil.More Letters of Charles Darwin
The universal man is no specialist, and has to generalise without his details.Tracks of a Rolling Stone
Henry J. Coke
A city can often generalise where a nation must particularise.The Social Contract & Discourses
It is so terribly easy to generalise from inadequate experience.Chats on Angling
H. V. Hart-Davis
- to form (general principles or conclusions) from (detailed facts, experience, etc); infer
- (intr) to think or speak in generalities, esp in a prejudiced way
- (tr; usually passive) to cause to become widely used or known
- (intr) (of a disease)
- to spread throughout the body
- to change from a localized infection or condition to a systemic onegeneralized infection
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Word Origin and History for generalise
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To reduce to a general form, class, or law.
- To render indefinite or unspecific.
- To infer from many particulars.
- To draw inferences or a general conclusion from.
- To make generally or universally applicable.
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