Generalize



[jen-er-uh-lahyz] /ˈdʒɛn ər əˌlaɪz/

verb (used with object), generalized, generalizing.
1.
to infer (a principle, trend, etc.) from particular facts, statistics, or the like.
2.
to infer or form (a principle, opinion, conclusion, etc.) from only a few facts, examples, or the like.
3.
to give a rather than a specific or special character or form to.
4.
to make ; bring into use or knowledge.
verb (used without object), generalized, generalizing.
5.
to form principles, opinions, etc.
6.
to deal, think, or speak in .
7.
to make inferences.
/ˈdʒɛnrəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
to form (general principles or conclusions) from (detailed facts, experience, etc); infer
2.
(intransitive) to think or speak in generalities, esp in a prejudiced way
3.
(transitive; usually passive) to cause to become widely used or known
4.
(intransitive) (of a disease)

v.

1751, probably a new formation from general (adj.) + -ize. Middle English had generalisen (early 15c.). Related: Generalizable; generalized; generalizing.

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

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