from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To reduce to a general form, class, or law.
  • intransitive verb To render indefinite or unspecific.
  • intransitive verb To infer from many particulars.
  • intransitive verb To draw inferences or a general conclusion from.
  • intransitive verb To make generally or universally applicable.
  • intransitive verb To popularize.
  • intransitive verb To form a concept inductively.
  • intransitive verb To form general notions or conclusions.
  • intransitive verb To deal in generalities; speak or write vaguely.
  • intransitive verb Medicine To spread through the body. Used of a usually localized disease.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In painting, to render large and typical characteristics rather than details.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To bring under a genus or under genera; to view in relation to a genus or to genera.
  • transitive verb 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 verb To derive or deduce (a general conception, or a general principle) from particulars.
  • transitive verb To speak in generalities; to talk in abstract terms.
  • intransitive verb To form into a genus; to view objects in their relations to a genus or class; to take general or comprehensive views.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To speak in generalities, or in vague terms.
  • verb To infer or induce from specific cases to more general cases or principles.
  • verb To spread throughout the body and become systemic.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb become systemic and spread throughout the body
  • verb draw from specific cases for more general cases
  • verb cater to popular taste to make popular and present to the general public; bring into general or common use
  • verb speak or write in generalities


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

general +‎ -ize



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