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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Generalize  \Gen"er*al*ize\,  v.  i. 
  To  form  into  a  genus;  to  view  objects  in  their  relations  to  a 
  genus  or  class;  to  take  general  or  comprehensive  views. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Generalize  \Gen"er*al*ize\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Generalized}; 
  p.  pr  &  vb  n.  {Generalizing}.]  [Cf.  F.  g['e]n['e]raliser.] 
  1.  To  bring  under  a  genus  or  under  genera;  to  view  in 
  relation  to  a  genus  or  to  genera. 
 
  Copernicus  generalized  the  celestial  motions  by 
  merely  referring  them  to  the  moon's  motion.  Newton 
  generalized  them  still  more  by  referring  this  last 
  to  the  motion  of  a  stone  through  the  air.  --W. 
  Nicholson. 
 
  2.  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 
 
  When  a  fact  is  generalized,  our  discontent  is 
  quited,  and  we  consider  the  generality  itself  as 
  tantamount  to  an  explanation.  --Sir  W. 
  Hamilton. 
 
  3.  To  derive  or  deduce  (a  general  conception,  or  a  general 
  principle)  from  particulars. 
 
  A  mere  conclusion  generalized  from  a  great  multitude 
  of  facts.  --Coleridge. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  generalize 
  v  1:  draw  from  specific  cases  for  more  general  cases  [syn:  {generalise}, 
  {extrapolate},  {infer}] 
  2:  speak  in  generalities  [syn:  {generalise}]  [ant:  {specify}] 
  3:  become  systemic;  spread  throughout  the  body;  of  diseases  and 
  infections 




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