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Definition of "generalize" []

  • To reduce to a general form, class, or law. (verb-transitive)
  • To render indefinite or unspecific. (verb-transitive)
  • To infer from many particulars. (verb-transitive)
  • To draw inferences or a general conclusion from. (verb-transitive)
  • To make generally or universally applicable. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "generalize" in a sentence
  • "Professor STEVE KOZLOWSKI (Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Michigan State University): And it's really very, very difficult to generalize from the small set of tasks that were examined in these studies, using college students, ad hoc teams, very short periods of measurement."
  • "Maybe modern conditions are so different that you can't generalize from the past."
  • "When you generalize from a random sample to a population, your inferences are highly likely to be correct."