- 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 generalizing
Perhaps that is warranted in this case, but there is peril in generalizing.This Week’s Hot Reads: June 5, 2012
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All sciences face the “problem of induction” or uncertainties that arise in generalizing from observations.David's Book Club: Uncontrolled
May 12, 2012
The judgment must also be requisitioned in comparing, estimating, generalizing, and applying.College Teaching
The faculty for generalizing is a good servant but a bad master.The Discovery of America Vol. 1 (of 2)
This tendency has been wrongly confused with the faculty of generalizing.Creative Evolution
He is not generalizing; he is inferring a particular from particulars.
At first my observations took an abstract and generalizing turn.The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe
- 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 generalizing
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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