WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
gen•er•al /ˈdʒɛnərəl/USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. of, relating to, or affecting all persons or things belonging to a group, category, or system:called a general meeting of union members.
  2. [before a noun] of, relating to, or true of most persons or things:the general mood of the people.
  3. [before a noun] not limited to type; miscellaneous:the general public.
  4. considering or dealing with broad, universal, or important aspects:issued general guidelines.
  5. Medicineaffecting the entire body:general paralysis.
  6. having extended command or superior or chief rank: [before a noun]a general manager.[after a noun]the secretary general of the U.N.

n. [countable]
  • Militaryan army, air force, or Marine Corps officer of high rank.
  • idiom
      in general: 
      • with respect to the entirety; as a whole;
        for the most part:He likes people in general.
      • as a rule;
        usually:In general, the bus is on time.

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    general /ˈdʒɛnərəl; ˈdʒɛnrəl/ adj
    1. common; widespread
    2. of, including, applying to, or participated in by all or most of the members of a group, category, or community
    3. relating to various branches of an activity, profession, etc; not specialized: general office work
    4. including various or miscellaneous items: general knowledge, a general store
    5. not specific as to detail; overall: a general description of the merchandise
    6. not definite; vague: give me a general idea of when you will finish
    7. applicable or true in most cases; usual
    8. (prenominal or immediately postpositive) having superior or extended authority or rank: general manager, consul general
    1. an officer of a rank senior to lieutenant general, esp one who commands a large military formation
    2. any person acting as a leader and applying strategy or tactics
    3. a general condition or principle: opposed to particular
    4. a title for the head of a religious order, congregation, etc
    5. archaic the people; public
    6. in generalgenerally; mostly or usually
    Etymology: 13th Century: from Latin generālis of a particular kind, from genus kind

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