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generalize (v.)

1751, "render general, make more general, bring under a general description," probably a new formation from general (adj.) + -ize. Middle English had generalisen (early 15c.). Intransitive sense of "recognize that two or more objects have a common character; form a general notion" is from 1785. Related: Generalizable; generalized; generalizing.

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Definitions of generalize

generalize (v.)
draw from specific cases for more general cases;
Synonyms: generalise / extrapolate / infer
generalize (v.)
speak or write in generalities;
Synonyms: generalise
generalize (v.)
cater to popular taste to make popular and present to the general public; bring into general or common use;
Synonyms: popularize / popularise / vulgarize / vulgarise / generalise
generalize (v.)
become systemic and spread throughout the body;
this kind of infection generalizes throughout the immune system
Synonyms: generalise
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