generalize

[jen-er-uh-lahyz]
verb (used with object), generalized, generalizing.
1.
to infer (a general principle, trend, etc.) from particular facts, statistics, or the like.
2.
to infer or form (a general principle, opinion, conclusion, etc.) from only a few facts, examples, or the like.
3.
to give a general rather than a specific or special character or form to.
4.
to make general; bring into general use or knowledge.
verb (used without object), generalized, generalizing.
5.
to form general principles, opinions, etc.
6.
to deal, think, or speak in generalities.
7.
to make general inferences.
Also, especially British, generalise.


Origin:
1745–55; general + -ize

generalizable, adjective
generalizer, noun
nongeneralized, adjective
ungeneralized, adjective
ungeneralizing, adjective
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generalize or generalise (ˈdʒɛnrəˌlaɪz)
 
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.  (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
 
generalise or generalise
 
vb
 
'generalizer or generalise
 
n
 
'generaliser or generalise
 
n

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generalize gen·er·al·ize (jěn'ər-ə-līz')
v. gen·er·al·ized, gen·er·al·iz·ing, gen·er·al·iz·es

  1. To reduce to a general form, class, or law.

  2. To render indefinite or unspecific.

  3. To infer from many particulars.

  4. To draw inferences or a general conclusion from.

  5. To make generally or universally applicable.

generalized adj.

  1. Involving an entire organ, as when an epileptic seizure involves all parts of the brain.

  2. Not specifically adapted to a particular environment or function; not specialized.

  3. Generally prevalent.

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Example sentences
At first a fairly generalized elephant species, mammoths evolved into several
  specialized species adapted to their environments.
Literature may move on the generalized linguistic plane or may be inseparable
  from specific linguistic conditions.
The reference to narrow scholarship that stays in libraries can hardly be
  generalized to broader cultural understanding.
He taught the system to make a generalized subway map of the city.
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