1 [no obj] : to make a general statement or form a general opinion ; especially : to state an opinion about a larger group that is based on a smaller number of people or things within that group
▪ She tends to generalize. — often + about ▪ She is always generalizing about men.2 [+ obj] formal : to apply (something specific, such as a theory or rule) to larger group — often used as (be) generalized ▪ The theory can be generalized to other branches of science as well.
▪ She tends to generalize. — often + about ▪ She is always generalizing about men.