To generalize is to make a generalized statement about a group of people or things. For example, you might generalize about all women by saying that they are always emotional.

  • college students generalize about all adults by saying that they are always wrong.

  • The teacher generalizes about all students by saying that they are lazy.

Definition of generalizing


To speak in generalities, or in vague terms.


To infer or induce from specific cases to more general cases or principles.


To derive or deduce (a general concept or principle) from particular facts.

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Example Sentences for generalizing

  • 1

    The public generalized the information.

  • 2

    The yoke is on the general public.

  • 3

    There are exceptions to the general beneficent theory.

  • 4

    The absurdity of the general public is appalling.

  • 5

    The aim is secular and for the general public.

  • 6

    The article is a disservice to the general public.

  • 7

    The federation generates public response.

  • 8

    The problem is that the general public is not gullible.

  • 9

    The credence of this theory in general is very weak.

  • 10

    Publicity is generally handled by the distributor and exhibitors.