- 1[intransitive] generalize (from something) to use a particular set of facts or ideas in order to form an opinion that is considered valid for a different situation It would be foolish to generalize from a single example. We cannot generalize from these few examples.
- 2[intransitive] generalize (about something) to make a general statement about something and not look at the details It is dangerous to generalize about the poor.
- 3[transitive, often passive] generalize something (to something) (formal) to apply a theory, idea, etc. to a wider group or situation than the original one These conclusions cannot be generalized to the whole country. We are now in a position to generalize the lessons we have learnt. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘reduce to a general statement’): from general + -ize.
BrE BrE//ˈdʒenrəlaɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒenrəlaɪz//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they generalize
BrE BrE//ˈdʒenrəlaɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒenrəlaɪz//he / she / it generalizes
BrE BrE//ˈdʒenrəlaɪzɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒenrəlaɪzɪz//past simple generalized
BrE BrE//ˈdʒenrəlaɪzd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒenrəlaɪzd//past participle generalized
BrE BrE//ˈdʒenrəlaɪzd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒenrəlaɪzd//-ing form generalizing
BrE BrE//ˈdʒenrəlaɪzɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈdʒenrəlaɪzɪŋ//