General meaning

jĕnər-əl
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Concerned with, applicable to, or affecting the whole or every member of a class or category.
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The definition of a general is a military officer.

An example of a general was former president Dwight Eisenhower who was a five-star general in the U.S. Army.

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General is defined as something most common, usual, most used or vague.

An example of general used as an adjective is a general election where voters can vote for anyone they choose.

An example of general used as an adjective is someone speaking in a general way, a way that most people will understand.

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Affecting or characteristic of the majority of those involved; prevalent.

General discontent.

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Of or affecting the entire body.

General paralysis.

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Highest or superior in rank.

The general manager.

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Of, for, or applying to a whole genus, kind, class, order, or race.

The general classifications of matter.

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Most common; usual.

The general spelling of a word.

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General anesthesia.
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Concerned with the main or overall features; lacking in details; not specific.

The general features of a plan.

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Not precise; vague.

To speak in general terms.

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Senior or highest in rank.

A general manager, an attorney general.

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Not connected with or limited to one branch or department of learning, business, etc.; not specialized.

A general store.

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Being usually the case; true or applicable in most instances but not all.

The general correctness of her decisions.

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Existing or occurring extensively; common; widespread.

A general unrest.

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The main or overall fact, condition, idea, etc.
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The head of some religious orders.
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(archaic) The public.
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Of, for, or from the whole or all; not particular or local.

A general anesthetic, the general welfare.

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Involving only the main features rather than precise details.

A general grasp of the subject.

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A general officer.
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A statement, principle, or fact that embraces or is applicable to the whole.
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(archaic) The public; populace.
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Any of various military officers ranking above a colonel.
  • (u.s. army, u.s. air force) Such an officer, with an insignia of four stars, ranking above a lieutenant general.
  • (u.s. marine corps) An officer of the highest rank.
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An anesthetic that makes a patient unconscious.
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Including or involving every part or member of a given or implied entity, whole etc.; as opposed to specific or particular. [from 13th c.]
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Applied to a person (as a postmodifier or a normal preceding adjective) to indicate supreme rank, in civil or military titles, and later in other terms; pre-eminent. [from 14th c.]
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Prevalent or widespread among a given class or area; common, usual. [from 14th c.]
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Not limited in use or application; applicable to the whole or every member of a class or category. [from 14th c.]
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Giving or consisting of only the most important aspects of something, ignoring minor details; indefinite. [from 16th c.]
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Not limited to a specific class; miscellaneous, concerned with all branches of a given subject or area. [from 16th c.]
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Hannibal was one of the greatest generals of the ancient world.

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(military) A rank in the army and air force that is higher than colonel or brigadier, and is usually the highest rank group next to commander in chief, except in countries that use the rank of field marshal.
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(military) A commissioned rank in the British Army and Royal Marines, above lieutenant general and below field marshal.
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(military) A commissioned general officer in the United States Army, Marine Corps, or Air Force superior to a lieutenant general. A general is equal in rank or grade to a four star admiral. In the US Army, a general is junior to a general of the army. In the US Marine Corps, a general is the highest rank of commissioned officer. In the US Air Force, a general is junior to a general of the air force.
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Short for general anaesthetic or general anaesthesia.
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in general
  • Generally.
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in general
  • in the main; usually
  • without specific details
  • with reference to all spoken of
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of general

  • Middle English from Latin generālis from genus gener- kind genə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Anglo-Norman general, generall, Middle French general, and their source, Latin generālis, from genus (“class, kind”) + -ālis (“-al”).

    From Wiktionary