generalize

Definition of generalize

gen´er`al`ize
v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Generalized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Generalizing .]
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.
A mere conclusion generalized from a great multitude of facts.
- Coleridge.
4.To speak in generalities; to talk in abstract terms.
v. i.1.To form into a genus; to view objects in their relations to a genus or class; to take general or comprehensive views.

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