generalize

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

Definition of generalize

generalized

;

generalizing

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

  3. 2a :  to derive or induce (a general conception or principle) from particularsb :  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 <She's always generalizing about men.>

  7. 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

Origin and Etymology of generalize

see 1general


First Known Use: 1710


GENERALIZE Defined for English Language Learners

generalize

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

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

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

Definition of generalize for Students

generalized

generalizing

  1. :  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

\ˈjen-(ə-)rə-ˌlīz\play

Medical Definition of generalize

generalized

or British

generalised

;

generalizing

or British

generalising

  1. :  to spread or extend through all of a body part or region or through most of the entire body



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