gen·​er·​al-pur·​pose ˈjen-rəl-ˈpər-pəs How to pronounce general-purpose (audio)
: suitable to be used for two or more basic purposes

Examples of general-purpose in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Arguably, the current era of more affordable, general-purpose BEVs arrived with the Tesla Model 3 in 2018/2019, and then a whole slew of non-Tesla models arrived in 2020 and 2021. James Morris, Forbes, 30 Mar. 2024 But now it’s launched a general-purpose foundation model called Gr00t, short for Generalist Robot 00 Technology, which is intended to power humanoid robots. David Meyer, Fortune, 19 Mar. 2024 Brussels will create a stand-alone AI Office tasked with enforcing and supervising the law for general-purpose AI systems. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Mar. 2024 So maybe take a year off in Tahiti and then use the general-purpose model. Bill Conerly, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 The Azure Maia Accelerator is built for AI applications, while the Azure Cobalt CPU is for general-purpose computing. Britney Nguyen, Quartz, 21 Feb. 2024 Third, your firm can develop a proprietary LLM. LLMs are the foundation that enables generative AI assistants to achieve general-purpose language generation. Grant Easterbrook, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 On the controversial issue of how to regulate general-purpose AI models, such as OpenAI’s GPT-4 and Alphabet’s Gemini models, the final text divides these models into two buckets. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 6 Feb. 2024 Friedman says this kind of flow produces better results and uses less computing power than simply asking a huge general-purpose LLM to tackle an entire problem. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 30 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1894, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of general-purpose was in 1894

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“General-purpose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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