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verb generalize pronunciation in British English /ˈdʒenər(ə)laɪz/
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present tense
I/you/we/theygeneralize
he/she/itgeneralizes
present participlegeneralizing
past tensegeneralized
past participlegeneralized
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to make a statement or remark about a group of people or things without going into any detail
    We can generalize and say that most of our students are middle-class.
    1. a.
      to give an opinion about a group of people or things based on too few facts or only on a small number of instances
      generalize about: You can’t generalize about the entire population like that.
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  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to apply a particular fact or example to a larger number of facts or examples
    It is too soon to generalize the study’s findings beyond the study group.

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