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English verb: generalize

1. generalize (communication) draw from specific cases for more general cases

Synonymsextrapolate, generalise, infer

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)conclude, reason, reason out

Narrower (hyponym)overgeneralise, overgeneralize, universalise, universalize

2. generalize (communication) speak or write in generalities

ExamplesSam and Sue generalize


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize

Antonymsparticularise, particularize, specialise, specialize, specify

3. generalize (communication) cater to popular taste to make popular and present to the general public; bring into general or common use

SamplesThey popularized coffee in Washington State.
Relativity Theory was vulgarized by these authors.

Synonymsgeneralise, popularise, popularize, vulgarise, vulgarize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)broadcast, circularise, circularize, circulate, diffuse, disperse, disseminate, distribute, pass around, propagate, spread

Verb grouppopularise, popularize

4. generalize (body) become systemic and spread throughout the body

SamplesThis kind of infection generalizes throughout the immune system.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)distribute, spread

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