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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ It is impossible to generalize about so complicated a subject.
▪ Total elimination of seizures is often not a realistic goal in adults with partial or secondarily generalized seizures.
▪ There are other kinds of generalized seizures that are basically inhibitory, like briefly turning off a switch.
▪ It is also effective in primary generalized grand mal seizures.
▪ The characteristics of generalized seizures are listed below and contrasted with events usually occurring in syncope. 1.
▪ Rarely, focal, or generalized seizures 8.
▪ This causes a generalized tonic-clonic seizure.
▪ Phenobarbital is effective in partial seizures, partial seizures secondarily generalized, and primary generalized grand mal seizures.
▪ I know I shouldn't generalize, but I do think men find it hard to show their feelings.
▪ Physicians are still debating whether to generalize the data on aspirin to women.
▪ She's always quick to generalize and put people into categories.
▪ The polls show that it is difficult to generalize about which issues were most important to voters.
▪ The study group was very small, and it's hard to generalize from just a few cases.
▪ Helmholtz generalized what others had suggested, or had established in one context.
▪ Not to generalize, but men want everything and want to commit to nothing.
▪ We can generalize from the example that we have studied.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

generalize \gen"er*al*ize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Generalized; p. pr. & vb. n. Generalizing.] [Cf. F. g['e]n['e]raliser.]

  1. To bring under a genus or under genera; to view in relation to a genus or to genera.

    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.

  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.

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

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

    Syn: generalize, extrapolate, infer.

    A mere conclusion generalized from a great multitude of facts.

  4. To speak in generalities; to talk in abstract terms.

    Syn: generalise, speak generally.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1751, probably a new formation from general (adj.) + -ize. Middle English had generalisen (early 15c.). Related: Generalizable; generalized; generalizing.


vb. 1 To speak in generality, or in vague terms. 2 To infer or induce from specific cases to more general cases or principles. 3 To spread throughout the body and become systemic. 4 To derive or deduce (a general conception, or a general principle) from particulars.

  1. v. draw from specific cases for more general cases [syn: generalise, extrapolate, infer]

  2. speak or write in generalities [syn: generalise] [ant: specify]

  3. cater to popular taste to make popular and present to the general public; bring into general or common use; "They popularized coffee in Washington State"; "Relativity Theory was vulgarized by these authors" [syn: popularize, popularise, vulgarize, vulgarise, generalise]

  4. become systemic and spread throughout the body; "this kind of infection generalizes throughout the immune system" [syn: generalise]


Usage examples of "generalize".

Even though, at that moment, the adolescent may be trying to avoid dealing with these tricky emotional situations in-person, navigating these situations online can be a good way to practice skills that later will generalize to their face-to-face encounters.

Thinking empathicly or like a determinist may not generalize easily from one situation to another, but, at least, it seems to be possible.

An engaging but somewhat mechanical attempt to correlate the basic sun-sign character studies to dreaming and generalized tendencies of personality manifested in dreams.

Generalized muscular fasciculations then appeared, suggesting a hyperesthesia state.

My theory is that when a fetishist comes to some resolution -- usually through therapy -- about his early relationship to his mother, the fetishistic impulse diffuses from the sharp focus of the mother into a more generalized emphasis upon the symbols of women.

Gereth had long ago generalized the truth that the temperament of the frump is amply consistent with a certain usual prettiness.

Vera, judging only by her husband and generalizing from that observation, supposed that all men, though they understand nothing and are conceited and selfish, ascribe common sense to themselves alone.

Generalizing yet again, we may say that the diffusion--the scattering--the irradiation, in a word--is directly proportional with the squares of the distances.

I have said that there is a tabes of the inferior members and a generalized severe and progressive lowering of the whole constitution I have said all I can usefully say.

In the lesson on the rule for conversion of fractions to equivalent fractions with different denominators, the pupils could not possibly apperceive, or analyse, the examples as suggested under the head of selection, or analysis, without at the same time implicitly abstracting and generalizing.

It was common in the early days of antisepsis for a skeptical surgeon to half-heartedly try the lengthy, exasperating techniques on one or two patients, find that the patients still became infected, and generalize from this experience to conclude the system was worthless.

Idiot, the desire for an explanatory style gave way to a more generalized goal of conciseness.

The extensive, various learning, massive, penetrating mind, and remorseless logical consistency, of Augustine, enabled him to gather up the loose, floating theological elements and notions of the time, and generalize them into a complete system, in striking harmony, indeed, with the general character and drift of patristic thought, but carried out more fully in its details and applied more unflinchingly in its principles than had been done before, and therefore in some of its dogmas outstripping the current convictions of his contemporaries.

They invite one to picture the first cell as built of proteinoid, every molecule of its substance a generalized enzyme of very low efficiency.

The tropisms of plants and the taxis of simple animals are generalized responses of an entire organism or of a major portion of one to a very generalized stimulus.