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GENERALIZE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does generalize mean? 

GENERALIZE (verb)
  The verb GENERALIZE has 4 senses:

1. draw from specific cases for more general cases
2. speak or write in generalities
3. cater to popular taste to make popular and present to the general public; bring into general or common use
4. become systemic and spread throughout the body

  Familiarity information: GENERALIZE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


GENERALIZE (verb)


Sense 1generalize [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Draw from specific cases for more general cases

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

extrapolate; generalize; generalise; infer

Hypernyms (to "generalize" is one way to...):

conclude; reason; reason out (decide by reasoning; draw or come to a conclusion)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "generalize"):

overgeneralise; overgeneralize (draw too general a conclusion)

universalise; universalize (make universal)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Sense 2generalize [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Speak or write in generalities

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

generalise; generalize

Hypernyms (to "generalize" is one way to...):

mouth; speak; talk; utter; verbalise; verbalize (express in speech)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s

Sentence example:

Sam and Sue generalize

Antonym:

specify (be specific about)


Sense 3generalize [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cater to popular taste to make popular and present to the general public; bring into general or common use

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

vulgarize; vulgarise; popularize; popularise; generalize; generalise

Context examples:

They popularized coffee in Washington State / Relativity Theory was vulgarized by these authors

Hypernyms (to "generalize" is one way to...):

broadcast; circularise; circularize; circulate; diffuse; disperse; disseminate; distribute; pass around; propagate; spread (cause to become widely known)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 4generalize [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become systemic and spread throughout the body

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

generalise; generalize

Context example:

this kind of infection generalizes throughout the immune system

Hypernyms (to "generalize" is one way to...):

distribute; spread (distribute or disperse widely)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP


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