general meaning

[ 'dʒenərəl ] Pronunciation:   "general" in a sentence
  • Adjective: general  jenurul
    1. Applying to all or most members of a category or group
      "the general public"; "general assistance"; "a general rule"; "in general terms"; "comprehensible to the general reader" 
    2. Not specialized or limited to one class of things
      "general studies"; "general knowledge" 
    3. Prevailing among and common to the general public
      "the general discontent" 
    4. Affecting the entire body
      "a general anaesthetic"; "general symptoms" 
    5. Somewhat indefinite
      "bearing a general resemblance to the original"; "a general description of the merchandise" 
    6. Of worldwide scope or applicability
      - cosmopolitan, ecumenical, oecumenical [archaic], universal, worldwide, world-wide
    Noun: general  jenurul
    1. A general officer of the highest rank
      - full general 
    2. The head of a religious order or congregation
      - superior general 
    3. A fact about the whole (as opposed to particular)
      "he discussed the general but neglected the particular"
    Verb: general (generalled,generalling, also generaled,generaling)  jenurul
    1. Command as a general

    Derived forms: generalling, generaled, generals, generalled, generaling

    See also: all-purpose, broad, common, comprehensive, generality, generally, general-purpose, generalship, generic, gross, imprecise, indiscriminate, overall, pandemic, systemic, undiversified, universal, unspecialised [Brit], unspecialized, unspecific, widespread

    Type of: chief, command, fact, general officer, head, top dog

    Antonym: local, particular, specific

    Encyclopedia: General General, Municipal and Boilermakers' Union

  • [Business]



    used in some job titles to indicate that the person is the head of the organization or business, or part of it:

    the director general of the World Trade Organization

    She is the general director for human resources.


    not limited to one thing, aspect, subject, etc:

    Sales of general merchandise, including clothing, shoes and gifts, went up 10.4%.

    He has a degree in general engineering.

  • [Medicine]
    1 : not confined by specialization or careful limitation ‹a general surgeon›
    2 : belonging to the common nature of a group of like individuals ‹the general characteristics of a species›
    3 : involving or affecting practically the entire organism : not local ‹general nervousness›


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  1. he took his pleasures in general singly.
  2. this is the general atmosphere of secrecy.
  3. the general arrayed his troops for battle.
  4. or perhaps the summer fog was more general.
  5. she necessarily understood its general drift.

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