- 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 generalize
Tel Aviv, to generalize but slightly, dislikes Netanyahu and fears the future he personifies.Resigned To Loss, But Optimism On The Center-Left
January 22, 2013
I don't think it's safe to generalize about any industry or the people therein.Jennie Ketcham Interview: Recovering From Sex Addiction
Rachel Kramer Bussel
July 27, 2012
It is impossible to generalize on the issue of Jewish councils.Claude Lanzmann on 'Shoah', His Memoir, and the Banality of Evil
June 11, 2012
Not to generalize or anything, but in our very limited world, it seems like everyone drinks (or at one point has drunk) vodka.Lights, Camera, Cocktails
October 29, 2011
Can we generalize about gender without attracting hostile attention?A Tale of Male Surrender
June 20, 2009
It is just as impossible to generalize granite and slate, as it is to generalize a man and a cow.Modern Painters Volume I (of V)
There are too many words as well as too few; and they generalize the objects or ideas which they represent.Cratylus
It may be said that these were excrescences or city fashions; that one must not generalize.The New Society
It is easier to generalize in this manner than to produce documents in proof.The Science of Fairy Tales
Edwin Sidney Hartland
It is dangerous to generalize from events not really settled.The Civilization of Illiteracy
- 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 generalize
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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