An example of generalize is to give an overview of a law or rule without giving the specifics.
- to state in terms of a general law or precept
- to infer or derive (a general law or precept) from (particular instances)
- to emphasize the general character rather than specific details of
- to cause to be widely known or used; popularize
Origin of generalizeMiddle English generalisen
- to formulate general principles or inferences from particulars
- to talk in generalities
- to become general or spread throughout a body or area
verbgen·er·al·ized, gen·er·al·iz·ing, gen·er·al·iz·es
- a. To reduce to a general form, class, or law.b. To render indefinite or unspecific.
- a. To infer from many particulars.b. To draw inferences or a general conclusion from.
- a. To make generally or universally applicable.b. To popularize.
- a. To form a concept inductively.b. To form general notions or conclusions.
- To deal in generalities; speak or write vaguely.
- Medicine To spread through the body. Used of a usually localized disease.
(third-person singular simple present generalizes, present participle generalizing, simple past and past participle generalized)
general + -ize