Definitions for GENERALˈdʒɛn ər əl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

gen•er•alˈdʒɛn ər əl(adj.)

  1. of, pertaining to, or affecting all persons or things belonging to a group, category, or system:

    a general meeting of members; a general amnesty.

  2. of, pertaining to, or true of such persons or things in the main; common to most; usual:

    the general mood of the people.

  3. not limited to one class, field, product, service, etc.; miscellaneous:

    the general public.

  4. considering or dealing with broad or important aspects, elements, etc.; not detailed:

    general guidelines; a general description.

  5. not specific; approximate:

    a general idea of what was going on.

  6. affecting the entire body:

    general paralysis.

    Category: Medicine

  7. (of anesthesia or an anesthetic) causing loss of consciousness and abolishing sensitivity to pain throughout the body.

  8. having extended command or superior or chief rank:

    the secretary general of the U.N.

  9. (n.)an army or air force officer ranking above a lieutenant general and below a general of the army or general of the air force. an army officer of any of the five highest ranks: brigadier general, major general, lieutenant general, general, or general of the army. an officer holding the highest rank in the U.S. Marine Corps.

    Category: Military

  10. the chief official of a religious order.

    Category: Religion

  11. something that is general; generality.

  12. Archaic. the general public.

Idioms for general:

  1. in general, with respect to the entirety; as a whole: as a rule; usually:

    to like people in general.

    In general, the bus is on time.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of general:

1250–1300; < L generālis=gener-, s. of genusgenus+-ālis -al1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. general, full general(noun)

    a general officer of the highest rank

  2. general, superior general(noun)

    the head of a religious order or congregation

  3. general(adj)

    a fact about the whole (as opposed to particular)

    "he discussed the general but neglected the particular"

  4. general(adj)

    applying to all or most members of a category or group

    "the general public"; "general assistance"; "a general rule"; "in general terms"; "comprehensible to the general reader"

  5. general(adj)

    not specialized or limited to one class of things

    "general studies"; "general knowledge"

  6. general(adj)

    prevailing among and common to the general public

    "the general discontent"

  7. general(adj)

    affecting the entire body

    "a general anesthetic"; "general symptoms"

  8. general(adj)

    somewhat indefinite

    "bearing a general resemblance to the original"; "a general description of the merchandise"

  9. cosmopolitan, ecumenical, oecumenical, general, universal, worldwide, world-wide(verb)

    of worldwide scope or applicability

    "an issue of cosmopolitan import"; "the shrewdest political and ecumenical comment of our time"- Christopher Morley; "universal experience"

  10. general(verb)

    command as a general

    "We are generaled by an incompetent!"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. general(adjective)ˈdʒɛn ər əl

    broad, not specific

    Can you give me a general idea of what the book is about?; The ball landed in that general area.

  2. generalˈdʒɛn ər əl

    knowledge of a variety of subjects

    a general knowledge quiz

  3. generalˈdʒɛn ər əl

    involving or relating to all or most people or things

    a general feeling of worry; a general agreement/consensus; a general dental practice

  4. generalˈdʒɛn ər əl

    normal or usual

    His general instinct is to avoid publicity.

  5. generalˈdʒɛn ər əl

    in normal situations

    As a general rule, I don't give money to political candidates.

  6. generalˈdʒɛn ər əl

    normal or average people in society

  7. generalˈdʒɛn ər əl

    usually or most of the time

    In general, the kids are in bed by 9 p.m.

  8. generalˈdʒɛn ər əl

    ≠ in particular

    I just worry about life in general.

  9. general(noun)ˈdʒɛn ər əl

    the highest-rank of officer in the army, air force, or marine corps

    a four-star general

Wiktionary

  1. general(Noun)

    Commander of an army.

    Hannibal was one of the greatest generals of the ancient world.

  2. general(Noun)

    A rank in the army and air force that is higher than colonel or brigadier, and is usually the highest rank group next to commander in chief, except in countries that use the rank of field marshal.

  3. general(Noun)

    a commissioned rank in the British Army and Royal Marines, above lieutenant general and below field marshal.

  4. general(Noun)

    a commissioned general officer in the United States Army, Marine Corps, or Air Force superior to a lieutenant general. A general is equal in rank or grade to a four star admiral. In the US Army, a general is junior to a general of the army. In the US Marine Corps, a general is the highest rank of commissioned officer. In the US Air Force, a general is junior to a general of the air force.

  5. general(Noun)

    Short for general anaesthetic or general anaesthetia.

  6. general(Adjective)

    Including or involving every part or member of a given or implied entity, whole etc.; as opposed to specific or particular.

  7. general(Adjective)

    Applied to a person (as a postmodifier or a normal preceding adjective) to indicate supreme rank, in civil or military titles, and later in other terms; pre-eminent.

  8. general(Adjective)

    Prevalent or widespread among a given class or area; common, usual.

  9. general(Adjective)

    Not limited in use or application; applicable to the whole or every member of a class or category.

  10. general(Adjective)

    Giving or consisting of only the most important aspects of something, ignoring minor details; indefinite.

  11. general(Adjective)

    Not limited to a specific class; miscellaneous, concerned with all branches of a given subject or area.

  12. Origin: From general, generall, general, and their source, generalis, from genus + -alis.

Webster Dictionary

  1. General(adj)

    relating to a genus or kind; pertaining to a whole class or order; as, a general law of animal or vegetable economy

  2. General(adj)

    comprehending many species or individuals; not special or particular; including all particulars; as, a general inference or conclusion

  3. General(adj)

    not restrained or limited to a precise import; not specific; vague; indefinite; lax in signification; as, a loose and general expression

  4. General(adj)

    common to many, or the greatest number; widely spread; prevalent; extensive, though not universal; as, a general opinion; a general custom

  5. General(adj)

    having a relation to all; common to the whole; as, Adam, our general sire

  6. General(adj)

    as a whole; in gross; for the most part

  7. General(adj)

    usual; common, on most occasions; as, his general habit or method

  8. General(adj)

    the whole; the total; that which comprehends or relates to all, or the chief part; -- opposed to particular

  9. General(adj)

    one of the chief military officers of a government or country; the commander of an army, of a body of men not less than a brigade. In European armies, the highest military rank next below field marshal

  10. General(adj)

    the roll of the drum which calls the troops together; as, to beat the general

  11. General(adj)

    the chief of an order of monks, or of all the houses or congregations under the same rule

  12. General(adj)

    the public; the people; the vulgar

Freebase

  1. General

    A general officer is an officer of high military rank, usually in the army, and in some nations, the air force. The term is widely used by many nations of the world, and when a country uses a different term, there is an equivalent title given. The term "general" is used in two ways: as the generic title for all grades of general officer; and as a specific rank. Since the late twentieth century, the rank of general is usually the highest active rank of a military not at war.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'GENERAL' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #280

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'GENERAL' in Written Corpus Frequency: #537

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'GENERAL' in Nouns Frequency: #973

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'GENERAL' in Adjectives Frequency: #25


Translations for GENERAL

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

general(adjective)

of, involving etc all, most or very many people, things etc

The general feeling is that he is stupid; His general knowledge is good although he is not good at mathematics.

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