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Definition of generalize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


/ˈdʒɛnərəˌlaɪz; ˈdʒɛnrəˌlaɪz/ generalize pronunciation American
1 [intransitive] generalize (from something) to use a particular set of facts or ideas in order to form an opinion that is considered valid for a different situationIt would be foolish to generalize from a single example.2 [intransitive] generalize (about something) to make a general statement about something and not look at the detailsIt is dangerous to generalize about the poor.3 [transitive, often passive] generalize something (to something) (formal) to apply a theory, idea, etc. to a wider group or situation than the original oneThese conclusions cannot be generalized to the whole country.We are now in a position to generalize the lessons we have learned.