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generalize Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb draw from specific cases for more general cases
    extrapolate; infer; generalise.
  2. verb speak or write in generalities
  3. verb cater to popular taste to make popular and present to the general public; bring into general or common use
    popularise; vulgarise; generalise; vulgarize; popularize.
    • They popularized coffee in Washington State
    • Relativity Theory was vulgarized by these authors
  4. verb become systemic and spread throughout the body
    • this kind of infection generalizes throughout the immune system

Gen"er*al*ize transitive verb
Cf. F. généraliser.
imperfect & past participle Generalized ; present participle & verbal noun Generalizing
  1. To bring under a genus or under genera; to view in relation to a genus or to genera.
    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.
  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.
    When a fact is generalized, our discontent is quited, and we consider the generality itself as tantamount to an explanation. Sir W. Hamilton.
  3. To derive or deduce (a general conception, or a general principle) from particulars.
    A mere conclusion generalized from a great multitude of facts. Coleridge.
Gen"er*al*ize intransitive verb
  1. To form into a genus; to view objects in their relations to a genus or class; to take general or comprehensive views.

Webster 1913

"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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