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Verb: generalize  'je-nu-ru,lIz
  1. Draw from specific cases for more general cases
    - generalise [Brit], extrapolate, infer
     
  2. Speak or write in generalities
    - generalise [Brit]
     
  3. Cater to popular taste to make popular and present to the general public; bring into general or common use
    "They generalized coffee in Washington State";
    - popularize, popularise [Brit], vulgarize, vulgarise [Brit], generalise [Brit]
     
  4. Become systemic and spread throughout the body
    "this kind of infection generalizes throughout the immune system";
    - generalise [Brit]

Derived forms: generalized, generalizes, generalizing

Type of: broadcast, circularise [Brit], circularize, circulate, conclude, diffuse, disperse, disseminate, distribute, mouth, pass around, propagate, reason, reason out, speak, spread, talk, utter, verbalise [Brit], verbalize

Antonym: specify

Encyclopedia: Generalize