[ US /ˈdʒɛnɝəɫ, ˈdʒɛnɹəɫ/ ]
[ UK /d‍ʒˈɛnəɹə‍l/ ]
ADJECTIVE
  1. not specialized or limited to one class of things
    general knowledge
    general studies
  2. applying to all or most members of a category or group
    general assistance
    the general public
    comprehensible to the general reader
    a general rule
    in general terms
  3. affecting the entire body
    general symptoms
    a general anesthetic
  4. somewhat indefinite
    bearing a general resemblance to the original
    a general description of the merchandise
  5. of worldwide scope or applicability
    the shrewdest political and ecumenical comment of our time
    an issue of cosmopolitan import
    universal experience
  6. prevailing among and common to the general public
    the general discontent
VERB
  1. command as a general
    We are generaled by an incompetent!
NOUN
  1. a fact about the whole (as opposed to particular)
    he discussed the general but neglected the particular
  2. a general officer of the highest rank
  3. the head of a religious order or congregation
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How To Use general In A Sentence

  • In my view his confrontational, gladiatorial style has been a major contributor to the widespread disdain of the British public for politicians generally. Times, Sunday Times
  • They are trying to rush through the draft resolution before the general election.
  • Burke's execution was witnessed by the novelist Sir Walter Scott, who sympathized with the general opinion that both men's wives had served as accomplices, and that the anatomists had been accessories to the murders.
  • But anywhere else, the general buzz of the atmosphere would have sustained the crowd.
  • He is very experienced in collating documents, summarizing evidence, arranging diagrammatic and demonstrative evidence and assisting with the general preparation for trial.
  • Some people believe that Richard III did not murder his nephews and was not the villain he is generally thought to have been.
  • The general turned his gaze from one person to the other present at the summit meeting.
  • Seven years before US Surgeon General Luther Terry would announce a link between smoking and cancer, this information was political and business dynamite.
  • And this is the cause that disputes with such persons are generally fruitless, especially as immixed with that intemporancy of reviling other men wherein they exceed; for if that be a way either of learning or teaching of the truth, it is what the Scripture hath not instructed us in. Pneumatologia
  • But they may still serve a basis for some generalisation when the issue of ‘partnership’ is brought into question.
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