gen|e|ral1 W1S1 [ˈdʒenərəl] adj [usually before noun]
1¦(not detailed)¦
2¦(relating to whole)¦
4¦(most people)¦
5¦(not limited)¦
[Date: 1100-1200; : French; Origin: Latin generalis 'of the whole type', from genus; GENUS]
describing or relating to only the main features or parts of something, not the details
a general introduction to computing
I skimmed through it to get a general impression of the text.
I have a general idea of what I want to express.
He spoke in general terms about greater competitiveness.
involving the whole of a situation, group, or thing, rather than specific parts of it
There has been a general decline in standards.
ways to improve your general health
3.) ¦(ORDINARY)¦
ordinary or usual
general cooking and cleaning
I hate paperwork as a general rule .
shared by or affecting most people, or most of the people in a group
These courses are based around topics of general interest .
How soon can the drug be made available for general use?
not limited to one use, activity, subject etc
The next ten minutes passed in general conversation.
It's a good general fertilizer.
Watford General Hospital
This type of microphone is suitable for general use.
used to talk about an approximate area or direction
Pat and his friend were in the general area of the crime when it happened.
They started walking in the general direction of the pub.
7.) ¦(JOB)¦
used in the name of a job to show that the person who does it has complete responsibility
the general manager
the Attorney General
general 2
general2 n
[Date: 1500-1600; Origin: general officer]
an officer of very high rank in the army or air force
2.) in general
a) usually or in most situations
In general, about 10% of the candidates are eventually offered positions.
b) used when talking about the whole of a situation, group, or thing, rather than specific parts of it
a feeling of dissatisfaction with life in general
These policies are unpopular with politicians and people in general.
We're trying to raise awareness about the environment in general and air pollution in particular .

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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