generalize gen"er*al*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Generalized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Generalizing}.] [Cf. F. g['e]n['e]raliser.] [Also spelled {generalise}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To bring under a genus or under genera; to view in relation to a genus or to genera. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

When a fact is generalized, our discontent is quited, and we consider the generality itself as tantamount to an explanation. --Sir W. Hamilton. [1913 Webster]

3. To derive or deduce (a general conception, or a general principle) from particulars. [WordNet sense 2]

Syn: generalize, extrapolate, infer. [1913 Webster]

A mere conclusion generalized from a great multitude of facts. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]

4. To speak in generalities; to talk in abstract terms. [WordNet sense 1]

Syn: generalise, speak generally. [WordNet 1.5]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • generalise — v. same as {generalize}. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • généralisé — généralisé, ée (jé né ra li zé, zée) part. passé de généraliser. Une proposition généralisée. Une opinion généralisée …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • generalise — (Brit.) v. make general or indefinite statements; form a general principle; conclude, infer; make generally applicable; give a general character to (also generalize) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • generalise — v. (D; intr.) to generalise about …   Combinatory dictionary

  • generalise — verb 1. speak or write in generalities • Syn: ↑generalize • Ant: ↑specify (for: ↑generalize) • Derivationally related forms: ↑generalisation, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • generalise — British variant of generalize …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • generalise — gen|e|ral|ise [ˈdʒenərəlaız] v a British spelling of ↑generalize …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • generalise — gen|er|al|ise [ dʒen(ə)rə,laız ] a British spelling of generalize …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • generalise — [[t]ʤe̱nrəlaɪz[/t]] see generalize …   English dictionary

  • generalise — verb a British spelling of generalize …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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