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generalize

[ jen-er-uh-lahyz ]
/ 藞d蕭蓻n 蓹r 蓹藢la瑟z /
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verb (used with object), gen路er路al路ized, gen路er路al路iz路ing.
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.
verb (used without object), gen路er路al路ized, gen路er路al路iz路ing.
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Also especially British, gen路er路al路ise .

Origin of generalize

First recorded in 1745鈥55; general + -ize

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British Dictionary definitions for generalize

generalize

generalise

/ (藞d蕭蓻nr蓹藢la瑟z) /

verb
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)
  1. to spread throughout the body
  2. to change from a localized infection or condition to a systemic onegeneralized infection

Derived forms of generalize

generalizer or generaliser, noun
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Medical definitions for generalize

generalize
[ j臅n蓹r-蓹-l墨z鈥 ]

v.
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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