generalize

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

Definition of generalize

generalized; generalizing
transitive verb
1 :to give a general form to
2 a :to derive or induce (a general conception or principle) from particulars
b :to draw a general conclusion from
3 :to give general applicability to
  • generalize a law
; also :to make indefinite
intransitive verb
1 :to form generalizations; also :to make vague or indefinite statements
  • She's always generalizing about men.
2 :to spread or extend throughout the body

generalizability

play \ˌjen-rə-ˌlī-zə-ˈbi-lə-tē, ˌje-nə-\ noun

generalizable

play \ˌjen-rə-ˈlī-zə-bəl, ˌje-nə-\ adjective

generalizer

noun

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Origin and Etymology of generalize


GENERALIZE Defined for English Language Learners

generalize

verb

Definition of generalize for English Language Learners

  • : 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


GENERALIZE Defined for Kids

generalize

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

Definition of generalize for Students

generalized; generalizing
:to draw or state a general conclusion from a number of different items or instances Don't generalize about science fiction after reading only one book.

Medical Dictionary

generalize

intransitive verb gen·er·al·ize
variants: or British generalise play \ˈjen-(ə-)rə-ˌlīz\

medical Definition of generalize

generalized or British generalised; generalizing or British generalising
:to spread or extend through all of a body part or region or through most of the entire body


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