from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To reduce to a general form, class, or law.
- transitive v. To render indefinite or unspecific.
- transitive v. To infer from many particulars.
- transitive v. To draw inferences or a general conclusion from.
- transitive v. To make generally or universally applicable.
- transitive v. To popularize.
- intransitive v. To form a concept inductively.
- intransitive v. To form general notions or conclusions.
- intransitive v. To deal in generalities; speak or write vaguely.
- intransitive v. Medicine To spread through the body. Used of a usually localized disease.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To speak in generalities, or in vague terms.
- v. To infer or induce from specific cases to more general cases or principles.
- v. To spread throughout the body and become systemic.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To bring under a genus or under genera; to view in relation to a genus or to genera.
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To derive or deduce (a general conception, or a general principle) from particulars.
- transitive v. To speak in generalities; to talk in abstract terms.
- intransitive v. To form into a genus; to view objects in their relations to a genus or class; to take general or comprehensive views.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To render general; make more general; bring under a general description or notion; treat or apply generically.
- To infer inductively, as a general rule from a particular case or set of facts.
- In mathematics, to modify, as a proposition, so as to obtain a wider proposition from which the former can be immediately deduced. See generalization, 3
- To recognize that two or more objects have a common character; to form a general notion.
- To reason inductively, from particular cases to general rules comprehending those cases.
- Also spelled generalise.
- In painting, to render large and typical characteristics rather than details.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. become systemic and spread throughout the body
- v. draw from specific cases for more general cases
- v. cater to popular taste to make popular and present to the general public; bring into general or common use
- v. speak or write in generalities
general + -ize (Wiktionary)