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generalize
American English: /ˈdʒɛn(ə)rəˌlaɪz/
British English: /ˈdʒɛn(ə)rəlʌɪz/

Translation of generalize in Spanish:

intransitive verb

  • Example sentences
    • What is unacceptable, to say the least, is to generalize about the uses and customs of nearly half a billion people who cover close to one sixth of the Earth's surface.
    • However, it is not easy to generalize about the ethnographic research process in such a way as to provide definitive recommendations about research practice.
    • On the other hand, I'll admit that the few I've seen have actually been quite good, and hard to generalize about.

transitive verb

  • Example sentences
    • Our current efforts are directed at improving these tools for E. coli, making them widely available, and generalizing them to other microorganisms.
    • Several factors suggest caution before widely generalizing our findings.
    • One of the most important branches of mathematics is the study of objects known as manifolds, which result from generalizing these ideas to three or more dimensions.

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