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generalize

[jen-er-uh-lahyz] /ˈdʒɛn ər əˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), generalized, generalizing.
1.
to infer (a general principle, trend, etc.) from particular facts, statistics, or the like.
2.
to infer or form (a general principle, opinion, conclusion, etc.) from only a few facts, examples, or the like.
3.
to give a general rather than a specific or special character or form to.
4.
to make general; bring into general use or knowledge.
verb (used without object), generalized, generalizing.
5.
to form general principles, opinions, etc.
6.
to deal, think, or speak in generalities.
7.
to make general inferences.
Also, especially British, generalise.
Origin of generalize
1745-1755
First recorded in 1745-55; general + -ize
Related forms
generalizable, adjective
generalizer, noun
nongeneralized, adjective
ungeneralized, adjective
ungeneralizing, adjective
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Examples from the Web for generalized
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  • He generalized, he particularized about the blacks; he told anecdotes.

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
  • “Any ship is that—for a reasonable man,” generalized Marlow in a conciliatory tone.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • Altogether it has been more thoroughly "generalized" than any other natural form.

    Wood-Carving George Jack
  • This Mrs. Miner had generalized from long experience with her husband.

    Wayside Courtships Hamlin Garland
  • Correct idea but not generalized: “They were fools to listen to everybody.”

    The Measurement of Intelligence Lewis Madison Terman
British Dictionary definitions for generalized

generalize

/ˈdʒɛnrəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
to form (general principles or conclusions) from (detailed facts, experience, etc); infer
2.
(intransitive) to think or speak in generalities, esp in a prejudiced way
3.
(transitive; usually passive) to cause to become widely used or known
4.
(intransitive) (of a disease)
  1. to spread throughout the body
  2. to change from a localized infection or condition to a systemic one: generalized infection
Derived Forms
generalizer, generaliser, noun
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Word Origin and History for generalized

generalize

v.

1751, probably a new formation from general (adj.) + -ize. Middle English had generalisen (early 15c.). Related: Generalizable; generalized; generalizing.

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generalized in Medicine

generalized adj.

  1. Involving an entire organ, as when an epileptic seizure involves all parts of the brain.

  2. Not specifically adapted to a particular environment or function; not specialized.

  3. Generally prevalent.

generalize gen·er·al·ize (jěn'ər-ə-līz')
v. gen·er·al·ized, gen·er·al·iz·ing, gen·er·al·iz·es

  1. To reduce to a general form, class, or law.

  2. To render indefinite or unspecific.

  3. To infer from many particulars.

  4. To draw inferences or a general conclusion from.

  5. To make generally or universally applicable.

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