Thesaurus

general

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of general

  1. 1 belonging or relating to the whole a general increase in postage rates there's been a general improvement in the economy Synonyms of general across-the-board, blanket, broad-brush, common, generic, global, overall, universal Words Related to general all-embracing, broad, broad-gauge (or broad-gauged), broadscale, comprehensive, extensive, inclusionary, overarching, pervasive, sweeping, ubiquitous, wholesale, wide, widespread; aggregate, collective, complete, full, plenary; planetary, worldwide Near Antonyms of general component, constituent; cross-sectional, divisional, fragmentary, partial; local, localized, regional, sectional Antonyms of general individual, particular

  2. 2 relating to the main elements and not to specific details gave the general impression of being kindhearted a general course of study in American history Synonyms of general all-around (also all-round), bird's-eye, broad, nonspecific, overall Words Related to general comprehensive, inclusive; absolute, boundless, expansive, extensive, infinite, panoramic, sweeping, vast, wide; indeterminate, nebulous, nondescript, vague; nonspecific, unlimited, unrestricted, unspecified Near Antonyms of general limited, restricted, specified; distinct, explicit, precise, sharp; comprehensive, elaborate, full, mapped (out), thorough; enumerated, inventoried, itemized, listed; individual, singular; particular, peculiar Antonyms of general close-up, delineated, detailed, molecular, particularized, specific

  3. 3 held by or applicable to a majority of the people it was the general opinion that the politician was a liar the general mood of the nation was one of hope and optimism Synonyms of general common, majority, overall, popular, prevailing, public, received, ruling, vulgar Words Related to general unanimous, universal; pop; everyday, familiar, household, usual, well-known; contemporary, current, present; dominant, predominant, preponderant; characteristic, typical; pandemic, pervasive, prevalent, rife, widespread; communal, shared Near Antonyms of general rare, strange, unknown, unusual; distinctive, especial, idiosyncratic, peculiar, special, unique; individual, separate, singular; nonpublic, personal, private Antonyms of general uncommon, unpopular

  4. 4 not limited or specialized in application or purpose a new kitchen tool of general usefulness a general education Synonyms of general all-around (also all-round), all-purpose, catholic, general-purpose, unlimited, unqualified, unrestricted, unspecialized Words Related to general mixed-use, multipurpose; broad, wide; nonspecific, unspecified, vague Near Antonyms of general bounded, circumscribed, confined, definite, demarcated, determinate, finite, qualified; dedicated, selective Antonyms of general limited, restricted, specialized, technical


Learn More about general


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up general? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to praise usually to excess

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!