Definition of generalize
1 : to give a general form to
2a : to derive or induce (a general conception or principle) from particularsb : to draw a general conclusion from
3 : to give general applicability to generalize a law; also : to make indefinite
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
generalizabilityplay \ˌjen-rə-ˌlī-zə-ˈbi-lə-tē, ˌje-nə-\ noun
generalizableplay \ˌjen-rə-ˈlī-zə-bəl, ˌje-nə-\ adjective
GENERALIZE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of generalize for Students
: 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 Definition of generalize
: to spread or extend through all of a body part or region or through most of the entire body
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