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4 definitions found
 for generalize
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Generalize \Gen"er*al*ize\, v. i.
     To form into a genus; to view objects in their relations to a
     genus or class; to take general or comprehensive views.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  generalize \gen"er*al*ize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Generalized;
     p. pr. & vb. n. Generalizing.] [Cf. F. g['e]n['e]raliser.]
     [Also spelled generalise.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. To bring under a genus or under genera; to view in
        relation to a genus or to genera.
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              Copernicus generalized the celestial motions by
              merely referring them to the moon's motion. Newton
              generalized them still more by referring this last
              to the motion of a stone through the air. --W.
                                                    Nicholson.
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     2. To apply to other genera or classes; to use with a more
        extensive application; to extend so as to include all
        special cases; to make universal in application, as a
        formula or rule.
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              When a fact is generalized, our discontent is
              quited, and we consider the generality itself as
              tantamount to an explanation.         --Sir W.
                                                    Hamilton.
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     3. To derive or deduce (a general conception, or a general
        principle) from particulars. [WordNet sense 2]
  
     Syn: generalize, extrapolate, infer.
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                A mere conclusion generalized from a great
                multitude of facts.                 --Coleridge.
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     4. To speak in generalities; to talk in abstract terms.
        [WordNet sense 1]
  
     Syn: generalise, speak generally.
          [WordNet 1.5]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  generalize
      v 1: draw from specific cases for more general cases [syn:
           generalize, generalise, extrapolate, infer]
      2: speak or write in generalities [syn: generalize,
         generalise] [ant: particularise, particularize,
         specialise, specialize, specify]
      3: 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" [syn: popularize,
         popularise, vulgarize, vulgarise, generalize,
         generalise]
      4: become systemic and spread throughout the body; "this kind of
         infection generalizes throughout the immune system" [syn:
         generalize, generalise]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  26 Moby Thesaurus words for "generalize":
     analyze, apply reason, broaden, deal in generalities, deduce,
     ecumenicize, expand, extend, globalize, hypothesize, infer,
     intellectualize, logicalize, logicize, make a generalization,
     philosophize, provide a rationale, rationalize, reason, spread,
     syllogize, synthesize, theorize, universalize, use reason, widen
  
  

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