- 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.
Origin of generalize
Related Words for generalizingderive, theorize, conclude, hypothesize, discover, induce, philosophize, observe, postulate, speculate, establish, discern, vapor
Examples from the Web for generalizing
Contemporary Examples of generalizing
Perhaps that is warranted in this case, but there is peril in generalizing.This Week’s Hot Reads: June 5, 2012
Nicholas Mancusi, Jimmy So
June 6, 2012
All sciences face the “problem of induction” or uncertainties that arise in generalizing from observations.David's Book Club: Uncontrolled
May 12, 2012
Historical Examples of generalizing
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
- 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.