lieutenant general

noun

Definition of lieutenant general

: a commissioned officer in the army, air force, or marine corps who ranks above a major general and whose insignia is three stars

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Flynn, a retired lieutenant general, later served as Trump’s first National Security Advisor. Alana Abramson, Time, "House Intelligence Committee Issues Subpoenas to Mueller Witnesses Rick Gates and Michael Flynn," 13 June 2019 Sanders tweeted on McMaster’s status late Thursday night following a Washington Post report that Trump had decided to replace the Army lieutenant general, who has led the National Security Council for more than a year. Margaret Talev, Bloomberg.com, "White House Denies McMaster Is Next to Be Ousted," 16 Mar. 2018 In his guilty plea on Dec. 1, 2017, the retired lieutenant general admitted both concealing the nature of his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and making false statements regarding his Turkish dealings. Washington Post, "Michael Flynn’s sentencing may hinge on his cooperation in trial of business partner next week," 10 July 2019 Flynn, a former Army lieutenant general, pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to federal investigators concerning his contacts with Russian officials. CBS News, "Michael Flynn fires his lawyers, hires new counsel," 6 June 2019 The filing also focused on the retired Army lieutenant general’s three decades in the military, including five years in combat. Chad Day, The Seattle Times, "Flynn’s lawyers say his lie to FBI ‘uncharacteristic’," 12 Dec. 2018 Tom Bostick retired as a lieutenant general after 38 years of service during which his family moved 27 times. Sidney E. Goodfriend, WSJ, "Military Spouses Also Serve," 12 Nov. 2018 This raised concerns that Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, misled Trump officials about his conversations with Russian officials. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Who's been charged by Mueller in the Russia probe so far?," 21 Aug. 2018 As some of this equipment falls into Taliban hands, the militants are joining a larger trend, said David W. Barno, a retired lieutenant general who led the war effort in Afghanistan from 2003 to 2005. Thomas Gibbons-neff, BostonGlobe.com, "Resurgent Taliban gets hands on high-tech gear, putting US in Bind," 31 Mar. 2018

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1589, in the meaning defined above

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lieutenant general

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English Language Learners Definition of lieutenant general

: a military officer who has a rank just below a general

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