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generalize

gen·er·al·ize

generalize

 
 
pronunciation:
je n r laIz [or] jen r laIz
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
Word Combinations (verb), Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: generalized, generalizes, generalizing
definition 1: to infer (a general principle or idea) from specific facts.
From just a few examples, the young child generalizes that similar objects share the same name.
definition 2: to infer (a general idea or opinion) on the basis of insufficient details.
One should not generalize that all these nations are poor.
definition 3: to make applicable to a wide range of situations or ideas.
You can generalize what you've learned here to other job situations.We hope we can generalize our research findings to the population at large.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to form general principles, thoughts, or statements, with or without sufficient evidence.
You shouldn't be so quick to generalize about the people at work; take a little time to get to know them.
definition 2: to think or speak using vague concepts or generalities.
With the way he generalizes, it's impossible to pin him down on anything.
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derivation: generalizer (n.)
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