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
Recent Examples of generalize from the Web
A U.S. Education Department spokeswoman says DeVos testified about how many students need educational options and did not generalize about the high school’s student body.
Most important, Hawkins says, an HTM can do what humans start doing from birth but that computers never have: not just learn, but generalize.
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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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