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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 gen·er·al·ize /ˈʤɛnrəˌlaɪz, ˈʤɛnə-/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 gen·er·al·ize /ˈʤɛn(ə)rəˌlaɪz/ 不及物動詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 gen·er·al·ize v. t. [imp. & p. p. Generalized p. pr. & vb. n. Generalizing ]  [Also spelled generalise.]
 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. [wns=2]
 Syn: -- generalize, extrapolate, infer.
    A mere conclusion generalized from a great multitude of facts.   --Coleridge.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: draw from specific cases for more general cases [syn: generalise,
            extrapolate, infer]
      2: speak or write in generalities [syn: generalise] [ant: specify]
      3: cater to popular taste to make popular and present to the
         general public; bring into general or common use; "They
         popularized coffee in Washington State"; "Relativity
         Theory was vulgarized by these authors" [syn: popularize,
          popularise, vulgarize, vulgarise, generalise]
      4: become systemic and spread throughout the body; "this kind
         of infection generalizes throughout the immune system"
         [syn: generalise]