- 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 generalized
Not [all of] Greek life should be generalized as the problem.Fraternities in a Post-UVA World
December 12, 2014
But very few of us have imagined that they could fuel a generalized positive view of secession.America’s Slumbering Secession Obsession
September 23, 2014
The same goes for generalized “rules” you might hear about frequency and amounts.A Runner’s Guide to Hydration (And How to Not Overdo It)
May 23, 2014
Anxiety in children usually manifests in separation anxiety, social phobias and generalized anxiety.How to Help Your Anxious Kid
May 11, 2013
As Barnard noted, “it is still sexist to send a simplified and generalized image of masculinity.”The Rise of Sexist Fashion, From Plain Jane Homme to Disney
May 9, 2013
He generalized, he particularized about the blacks; he told anecdotes.The Arrow of Gold
“Any ship is that—for a reasonable man,” generalized Marlow in a conciliatory tone.Chance
Altogether it has been more thoroughly "generalized" than any other natural form.Wood-Carving
This Mrs. Miner had generalized from long experience with her husband.Wayside Courtships
Correct idea but not generalized: “They were fools to listen to everybody.”The Measurement of Intelligence
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- 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
Word Origin and History for generalized
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Involving an entire organ, as when an epileptic seizure involves all parts of the brain.
- Not specifically adapted to a particular environment or function; not specialized.
- Generally prevalent.
- 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.