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gen·er·al·ize

 (jĕn′ər-ə-līz′)
v. gen·er·al·ized, gen·er·al·iz·ing, gen·er·al·iz·es
v.tr.
1.
a. To reduce to a general form, class, or law.
b. To render indefinite or unspecific.
2.
a. To infer from many particulars.
b. To draw inferences or a general conclusion from.
3.
a. To make generally or universally applicable.
b. To popularize.
v.intr.
1.
a. To form a concept inductively.
b. To form general notions or conclusions.
2. To deal in generalities; speak or write vaguely.
3. Medicine To spread through the body. Used of a usually localized disease.

gen′er·al·iz′a·ble adj.
gen′er·al·iz′er n.

generalize

(ˈdʒɛnrəˌlaɪz) or

generalise

vb
1. to form (general principles or conclusions) from (detailed facts, experience, etc); infer
2. (intr) to think or speak in generalities, esp in a prejudiced way
3. (tr; usually passive) to cause to become widely used or known
4. (Medicine) (intr) (of a disease)
a. to spread throughout the body
b. to change from a localized infection or condition to a systemic one: generalized infection.
ˈgeneralˌizer, ˈgeneralˌiser n

gen•er•al•ize

(ˈdʒɛn ər əˌlaɪz)

v. -ized, -iz•ing. v.t.
1. to infer (a general principle) from particular facts or instances.
2. to form (a general opinion or conclusion) from only a few facts or cases.
3. to give a broad or general character or form to.
4. to bring into general use or knowledge.
v.i.
5. to form general principles, opinions, etc.
6. to deal, think, or speak in generalities.
7. to make general inferences.
[1745–55]
gen′er•al•iz`a•ble, adj.
gen′er•al•iz`er, n.

generalize


Past participle: generalized
Gerund: generalizing

Imperative
generalize
generalize
Present
I generalize
you generalize
he/she/it generalizes
we generalize
you generalize
they generalize
Preterite
I generalized
you generalized
he/she/it generalized
we generalized
you generalized
they generalized
Present Continuous
I am generalizing
you are generalizing
he/she/it is generalizing
we are generalizing
you are generalizing
they are generalizing
Present Perfect
I have generalized
you have generalized
he/she/it has generalized
we have generalized
you have generalized
they have generalized
Past Continuous
I was generalizing
you were generalizing
he/she/it was generalizing
we were generalizing
you were generalizing
they were generalizing
Past Perfect
I had generalized
you had generalized
he/she/it had generalized
we had generalized
you had generalized
they had generalized
Future
I will generalize
you will generalize
he/she/it will generalize
we will generalize
you will generalize
they will generalize
Future Perfect
I will have generalized
you will have generalized
he/she/it will have generalized
we will have generalized
you will have generalized
they will have generalized
Future Continuous
I will be generalizing
you will be generalizing
he/she/it will be generalizing
we will be generalizing
you will be generalizing
they will be generalizing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been generalizing
you have been generalizing
he/she/it has been generalizing
we have been generalizing
you have been generalizing
they have been generalizing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been generalizing
you will have been generalizing
he/she/it will have been generalizing
we will have been generalizing
you will have been generalizing
they will have been generalizing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been generalizing
you had been generalizing
he/she/it had been generalizing
we had been generalizing
you had been generalizing
they had been generalizing
Conditional
I would generalize
you would generalize
he/she/it would generalize
we would generalize
you would generalize
they would generalize
Past Conditional
I would have generalized
you would have generalized
he/she/it would have generalized
we would have generalized
you would have generalized
they would have generalized
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.generalize - draw from specific cases for more general cases
conclude, reason, reason out - decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion; "We reasoned that it was cheaper to rent than to buy a house"
overgeneralise, overgeneralize - draw too general a conclusion; "It is dangerous to overgeneralize"
universalise, universalize - make universal; "This author's stories universalize old themes"
2.generalize - speak or write in generalities
mouth, speak, talk, verbalise, verbalize, utter - express in speech; "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This depressed patient does not verbalize"
particularise, particularize, specialise, specialize, specify - be specific about; "Could you please specify your criticism of my paper?"
3.generalize - cater to popular taste to make popular and present to the general public; bring into general or common use; "They popularized coffee in Washington State"; "Relativity Theory was vulgarized by these authors"
popularise, popularize - make understandable to the general public; "Carl Sagan popularized cosmology in his books"
disseminate, pass around, circulate, diffuse, broadcast, circularise, circularize, spread, disperse, propagate, distribute - cause to become widely known; "spread information"; "circulate a rumor"; "broadcast the news"
4.generalize - become systemic and spread throughout the body; "this kind of infection generalizes throughout the immune system"
spread, distribute - distribute or disperse widely; "The invaders spread their language all over the country"

generalize

verb
To make universal:
Translations
vyvozovat obecné závěryzevšeobecnitzobecnit
generalisere
yleistää
generalizirati
általánosít
alhæfa
法則化する
일반화하다
hovoriť všeobecnezovšeobecniť
posploševati
generalisera
พูดคลุมทั่วๆไป
genelleştirmekgenelleme yapmak
khái quát hóa

generalize

[ˈdʒenərəlaɪz] VIgeneralizar
to generalize aboutgeneralizar sobre
to generalize fromgeneralizar en base a

generalize

[ˈdʒɛnrəlaɪz] generalise (British) vigénéraliser
to generalize about sth → généraliser à propos de qch

generalize

viverallgemeinern; to generalize from somethingallgemeine Schlüsse aus etw ziehen; to generalize about somethingetw verallgemeinern

generalize

[ˈdʒɛnrəˌlaɪz] vi to generalize (about)generalizzare (per quel che riguarda)
to generalize from → generalizzare sulla base di

general

(ˈdʒenərəl) adjective
1. of, involving etc all, most or very many people, things etc. The general feeling is that he is stupid; His general knowledge is good although he is not good at mathematics.
2. covering a large number of cases. a general rule.
3. without details. I'll just give you a general idea of the plan.
4. (as part of an official title) chief. the Postmaster General.
noun
in the British army, (a person of) the rank next below field marshal. General Smith.
ˈgeneralize, ˈgeneralise verb
1. to make a general rule etc that can be applied to many cases, based on a number of cases. He's trying to generalize from only two examples.
2. to talk (about something) in general terms. We should stop generalizing and discuss each problem separately.
ˌgeneraliˈzation, ˌgeneraliˈsation noun
ˈgenerally adverb
usually; by most people; on the whole. He is generally disliked; He generally wins.
General Certificate of EducationGCEgeneral election
an election in which the voters in every constituency are involved.
general practitionerGPgeneral store
a shop that sells a wide range of goods.
as a general rule
usually; in most cases. As a general rule, we don't employ unskilled workers.
in general
usually; in most cases; most of (a group of people etc). People in general were not very sympathetic; People were in general not very sympathetic.
the general public
the people of a town, country etc, considered as a group.

generalize

يُعَمِّمُ zobecnit generalisere verallgemeinern γενικεύω generalizar yleistää généraliser generalizirati generalizzare 法則化する 일반화하다 generaliseren generalisere uogólnić generalizar обобщать generalisera พูดคลุมทั่วๆไป genelleştirmek khái quát hóa 概括

generalize

vi. generalizar.
References in classic literature ?
he had not learned to generalize, and to take enlarged views.
Nor, to generalize, would it ever be possible in the case of number that there should be a common boundary among the parts; they are always separate.
Although he did not comprehend it, he apprehended it no less poignantly than do men who know and generalize far more deeply and widely than mere four-legged dogs.
From acting outraged feelings, Freddie Drummond, in the role of his other self, came to experience genuine outrage, and it was only when he returned to the classic atmosphere of the university that he was able, sanely and conservatively, to generalize upon his underworld experiences and put them down on paper as a trained sociologist should.
Pity, if one may generalize, is at the bottom of woman.
Jukes, unable to generalize, unmarried, and unengaged, was in the habit of opening his heart after another fashion to an old chum and former shipmate, actually serving as second officer on board an Atlantic liner.