General - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈdʒenrəl|  American pronunciation of the word general
Brit.  |ˈdʒɛn(ə)r(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word general


- a general officer of the highest rank
- the head of a religious order or congregation
- a fact about the whole (as opposed to particular)


- command as a general


- not specialized or limited to one class of things
- prevailing among and common to the general public
- somewhat indefinite
- of worldwide scope or applicability (syn: cosmopolitan, ecumenical, oecumenical, universal, world-wide, worldwide)


They have issued a general warning.

The general consensus is that we should go ahead.

The witness was able to provide a very general description of the thief.

She began her talk with some general observations about the state of the industry.

The book provides a good general introduction to the subject.

My concerns are all general—nothing specific.

The details of the new plan are different, but it's based on the same general concept.

My general impression was that things were going well.

They were found in the same general area.

I'm going in the general direction of the store.

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.

There has been a general decline in standards.

I hate paperwork as a general rule.

Word forms

singular: general
plural: generals
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