gen·er·al·ize /ˈʤɛnrəˌlaɪz, ˈʤɛnə-/
gen·er·al·ize /ˈʤɛn(ə)rəˌlaɪz/ 不及物動詞
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.
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.
v 1: draw from specific cases for more general cases [syn: generalise,
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"