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verb gen·er·al·ize \ˈjen-rə-ˌlīz, ˈje-nə-\

Simple Definition of generalize

  • : to make a general statement or form a general opinion; especially : to state an opinion about a larger group that is based on a smaller number of people or things within that group

  • : to apply (something specific, such as a theory or rule) to larger group

Full Definition of generalize


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to give a general form to

  3. 2 a :  to derive or induce (a general conception or principle) from particulars b :  to draw a general conclusion from

  4. 3 :  to give general applicability to <generalize a law>; also :  to make indefinite

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to form generalizations; also :  to make vague or indefinite statements

  7. 2 :  to spread or extend throughout the body

gen·er·al·iz·abil·i·ty play \ˌjen-rə-ˌlī-zə-ˈbi-lə-tē, ˌje-nə-\ noun
gen·er·al·iz·able play \-ˌlī-zə-bəl\ adjective
gen·er·al·iz·er noun

Circa 1751

First Known Use of generalize

circa 1751

Rhymes with generalize

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Medical Dictionary


intransitive verb gen·er·al·ize

Medical Definition of generalize

gen·er·al·ized or British gen·er·al·isedgen·er·al·iz·ing or British gen·er·al·is·ing

  1. :  to spread or extend throughout the body <generalized paralysis>

Variants of generalize

or British gen·er·al·ise \ˈjen-(ə-)rə-ˌlīz\play

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