generalize [jen′ər əl īz΄, jen′rəl īz΄]
generalized, generalizing [ME generalisen]
to make general; esp.,
a) to state in terms of a general law or precept
b) to infer or derive (a general law or precept) from (particular instances)
c) to emphasize the general character rather than specific details of
d) to cause to be widely known or used; popularize
1. to formulate general principles or inferences from particulars
2. to talk in generalities
3. to become general or spread throughout a body or area

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