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 for generalise
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  generalise \generalise\ v.
     same as generalize.
     [WordNet 1.5]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  generalize \gen"er*al*ize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Generalized;
     p. pr. & vb. n. Generalizing.] [Cf. F. g['e]n['e]raliser.]
     [Also spelled generalise.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. To bring under a genus or under genera; to view in
        relation to a genus or to genera.
        [1913 Webster]
              Copernicus generalized the celestial motions by
              merely referring them to the moon's motion. Newton
              generalized them still more by referring this last
              to the motion of a stone through the air. --W.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. To apply to other genera or classes; to use with a more
        extensive application; to extend so as to include all
        special cases; to make universal in application, as a
        formula or rule.
        [1913 Webster]
              When a fact is generalized, our discontent is
              quited, and we consider the generality itself as
              tantamount to an explanation.         --Sir W.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. To derive or deduce (a general conception, or a general
        principle) from particulars. [WordNet sense 2]
     Syn: generalize, extrapolate, infer.
          [1913 Webster]
                A mere conclusion generalized from a great
                multitude of facts.                 --Coleridge.
          [1913 Webster]
     4. To speak in generalities; to talk in abstract terms.
        [WordNet sense 1]
     Syn: generalise, speak generally.
          [WordNet 1.5]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: speak or write in generalities [syn: generalize,
           generalise] [ant: particularise, particularize,
           specialise, specialize, specify]
      2: draw from specific cases for more general cases [syn:
         generalize, generalise, extrapolate, infer]
      3: cater to popular taste to make popular and present to the
         general public; bring into general or common use; "They
         popularized coffee in Washington State"; "Relativity Theory
         was vulgarized by these authors" [syn: popularize,
         popularise, vulgarize, vulgarise, generalize,
      4: become systemic and spread throughout the body; "this kind of
         infection generalizes throughout the immune system" [syn:
         generalize, generalise]

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