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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


Synonymsgeneralise


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.


Synonymsgeneralise


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


Broader (hypernym)distribute, spread









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