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general

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adjective gen·er·al \ˈjen-rəl, ˈje-nə-\

Simple Definition of general

  • : of, relating to, or affecting all the people or things in a group : involving or including many or most people

  • : relating to the main or major parts of something rather than the details : not specific

  • —used to indicate that a description relates to an entire person or thing rather than a particular part

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of general

  1. 1 :  involving, applicable to, or affecting the whole

  2. 2 :  involving, relating to, or applicable to every member of a class, kind, or group <the general equation of a straight line>

  3. 3 :  not confined by specialization or careful limitation

  4. 4 :  belonging to the common nature of a group of like individuals :  generic

  5. 5 a :  applicable to or characteristic of the majority of individuals involved :  prevalent b :  concerned or dealing with universal rather than particular aspects

  6. 6 :  relating to, determined by, or concerned with main elements rather than limited details <bearing a general resemblance to the original>

  7. 7 :  holding superior rank or taking precedence over others similarly titled <the general manager>

Examples of general in a sentence

  1. They have issued a general warning.

  2. The general consensus is that we should go ahead.

  3. The witness was able to provide a very general description of the thief.

  4. She began her talk with some general observations about the state of the industry.

  5. The book provides a good general introduction to the subject.

  6. My concerns are all general—nothing specific.

  7. The details of the new plan are different, but it's based on the same general concept.

  8. My general impression was that things were going well.

  9. They were found in the same general area.

  10. I'm going in the general direction of the store.



Origin of general

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin generalis, from gener-, genus kind, class — more at kin


First Known Use: 14th century


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general

noun gen·er·al

Definition of general

  1. 1 :  something (as a concept, principle, or statement) that involves or is applicable to the whole

  2. 2 :  superior general

  3. 3 archaic :  the general public :  people

  4. 4 a :  general officer b :  a commissioned officer in the army, air force, or marine corps who ranks above a lieutenant general and whose insignia is four stars — compare admiral

in general
  1. :  for the most part :  generally



14th Century

First Known Use of general

14th century



GENERAL Defined for Kids

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general

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adjective gen·er·al \ˈje-nə-rəl, ˈjen-rəl\

Definition of general for Students

  1. 1 :  having to do with the whole :  applying to more than just a small area or group <It's a matter of general interest.>

  2. 2 :  not specific or detailed <The book is a good general introduction to football.>

  3. 3 :  involving or including many or most people <Her plans won general acceptance.>

  4. 4 :  not specialized <a general store>




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general

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noun gen·er·al

Definition of general for Students

  1. :  a military officer ranking above a colonel

in general
  1. :  for the most part <In general, I like school.>




Medical Dictionary

general

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adjective gen·er·al \ˈjen-(ə-)rəl\

Medical Definition of general

  1. 1:  not confined by specialization or careful limitation <a general surgeon>

  2. 2:  belonging to the common nature of a group of like individuals <the general characteristics of a species>

  3. 3:  involving or affecting practically the entire body or organism :  not local <general infirmity>




Law Dictionary

general

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adjective gen·er·al \ˈjen-rəl, ˈje-nə-\

Legal Definition of general

  1. 1 :  involving, applicable to, or affecting the whole

  2. 2 :  involving, relating to, or applicable to every member of a class, kind, or group

  3. 3 :  not confined by specialization or limitation

  4. 4 :  relating to, determined by, or concerned with main elements rather than limiting details

  5. 5 :  holding superior rank or taking precedence over others similarly titled <the general manager>





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