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gen·er·al

 (jĕn′ər-əl)
adj.
1. Concerned with, applicable to, or affecting the whole or every member of a class or category: "subduing all her impressions as a woman, to something more general" (Virginia Woolf).
2. Affecting or characteristic of the majority of those involved; prevalent: general discontent.
3. Of or affecting the entire body: general paralysis.
4. Being usually the case; true or applicable in most instances but not all: the general correctness of her decisions.
5.
a. Not limited in scope, area, or application: as a general rule.
b. Not limited to or dealing with one class of things; diversified: general studies.
6. Involving only the main features rather than precise details: a general grasp of the subject.
7. Highest or superior in rank: the general manager.
n.
1.
a. A commissioned rank in the US Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps that is above lieutenant general.
b. One who holds this rank or a similar rank in another military organization.
2. A general officer.
3. A statement, principle, or fact that embraces or is applicable to the whole.
4. General anesthesia.
5. Archaic The public.
Idiom:
in general
Generally.

[Middle English, from Latin generālis, from genus, gener-, kind; see genə- in Indo-European roots.]

gen′er·al·ness n.
Synonyms: general, common, universal
These adjectives mean belonging to, relating to, or affecting the whole: the general welfare; a common enemy; universal military conscription.
Antonym: particular

general

(ˈdʒɛnərəl; ˈdʒɛnrəl)
adj
1. common; widespread: a general feeling of horror at the crime.
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.
9. (Education) Also: pass designating a degree awarded at some universities, studied at a lower academic standard than an honours degree. See honours2
10. (Medicine) med relating to or involving the entire body or many of its parts; systemic
11. (Logic) logic (of a statement) not specifying an individual subject but quantifying over a domain
n
12. (Military) an officer of a rank senior to lieutenant general, esp one who commands a large military formation
13. any person acting as a leader and applying strategy or tactics
14. a general condition or principle: opposed to particular
15. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a title for the head of a religious order, congregation, etc
16. (Medicine) med short for general anaesthetic
17. archaic the people; public
18. in general generally; mostly or usually
[C13: from Latin generālis of a particular kind, from genus kind]
ˈgeneralness n

gen•er•al

(ˈdʒɛn 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.
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.
n.
9.
a. an army or air force officer ranking above a lieutenant general and below a general of the army or general of the air force.
b. an army officer of any of the five highest ranks: brigadier general, major general, lieutenant general, general, or general of the army.
c. an officer holding the highest rank in the U.S. Marine Corps.
10. the chief official of a religious order.
11. something that is general; generality.
12. Archaic. the general public.
Idioms:
in general,
a. with respect to the entirety; as a whole: to like people in general.
b. as a rule; usually: In general, the bus is on time.
[1250–1300; < Latin generālis=gener-, s. of genus genus + -ālis -al1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.general - a general officer of the highest rankgeneral - a general officer of the highest rank
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine - the military forces of a nation; "their military is the largest in the region"; "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"
general officer - officers in the Army or Air Force or Marines above the rank of colonel
Blucher, G. L. von Blucher, Gebhard Leberecht von Blucher, von Blucher - Prussian general who is remembered for his leadership in the wars against Napoleon (1742-1819)
2.general - the head of a religious order or congregation
chief, top dog, head - a person who is in charge; "the head of the whole operation"
3.general - a fact about the whole (as opposed to particular); "he discussed the general but neglected the particular"
fact - a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred; "first you must collect all the facts of the case"
particular, specific - a fact about some part (as opposed to general); "he always reasons from the particular to the general"
particular, specific - a fact about some part (as opposed to general); "he always reasons from the particular to the general"
Verb1.general - command as a general; "We are generaled by an incompetent!"
command - be in command of; "The general commanded a huge army"
Adj.1.general - 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"
comprehensive - including all or everything; "comprehensive coverage"; "a comprehensive history of the revolution"; "a comprehensive survey"; "a comprehensive education"
indiscriminate - not marked by fine distinctions; "indiscriminate reading habits"; "an indiscriminate mixture of colors and styles"
imprecise - not precise; "imprecise astronomical observations"; "the terms he used were imprecise and emotional"
unspecialised, unspecialized - not specialized or modified for a particular purpose or function
specific - (sometimes followed by `to') applying to or characterized by or distinguishing something particular or special or unique; "rules with specific application"; "demands specific to the job"; "a specific and detailed account of the accident"
2.general - not specialized or limited to one class of things; "general studies"; "general knowledge"
undiversified - not diversified
3.general - prevailing among and common to the general public; "the general discontent"
common - having no special distinction or quality; widely known or commonly encountered; average or ordinary or usual; "the common man"; "a common sailor"; "the common cold"; "a common nuisance"; "followed common procedure"; "it is common knowledge that she lives alone"; "the common housefly"; "a common brand of soap"
4.general - affecting the entire body; "a general anesthetic"; "general symptoms"
medical specialty, medicine - the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques
local - affecting only a restricted part or area of the body; "local anesthesia"
5.general - somewhat indefinite; "bearing a general resemblance to the original"; "a general description of the merchandise"
imprecise - not precise; "imprecise astronomical observations"; "the terms he used were imprecise and emotional"
6.general - of worldwide scope or applicabilitygeneral - of worldwide scope or applicability; "an issue of cosmopolitan import"; "the shrewdest political and ecumenical comment of our time"- Christopher Morley; "universal experience"
comprehensive - including all or everything; "comprehensive coverage"; "a comprehensive history of the revolution"; "a comprehensive survey"; "a comprehensive education"

general

adjective
1. widespread, accepted, popular, public, common, broad, extensive, universal, prevailing, prevalent Contrary to general opinion, Wiccans are not devil-worshippers.
widespread private, individual, personal
2. overall, complete, total, global, comprehensive, blanket, inclusive, all-embracing, overarching His firm took over general maintenance of the park last summer.
overall limited, restricted, partial, demarcated
3. universal, overall, widespread, collective, across-the-board, all-inclusive The figures represent a general decline in unemployment.
universal special, unusual, extraordinary, distinctive, exceptional, peculiar
4. vague, broad, loose, blanket, sweeping, unclear, inaccurate, approximate, woolly, indefinite, hazy, imprecise, ill-defined, inexact, unspecific, undetailed chemicals called by the general description `flavour enhancer'
vague particular, specific, exact, precise, definite
5. ordinary, regular, usual, typical, conventional, everyday, customary This book is intended for the general reader rather than the student.
ordinary special, extraordinary, exceptional
in general
6. as a whole, generally, overall, altogether, across the board We need to improve our education system in general.
7. on the whole, largely, chiefly, mainly, mostly, principally, predominantly, in the main, for the most part In general, it was the better educated voters who voted Yes in the referendum.

general

adjective
1. Belonging or relating to the whole:
2. Belonging to, shared by, or applicable to all alike:
3. Of, representing, or carried on by people at large:
4. Commonly encountered:
6. Not limited to a single class:
Translations
رئيس، رئيسي، عامعامعام، غير تفصيليعَامّعُمومي
generálobecnývšeobecnýgenerálnícelkový
generalgenerelalmindeliggeneral-
generalo
generalgénéralcomún
üldine
kenraaliyleinenyleis-
općisveobuhvatansveopćigeneralnačelan
tábornokáltalánosgenerálisnem specializált
almennurherforingiyfir-, aîal-
一般の将軍
일반적인장군
apibendrinimasapibendrintibendrosios praktikos gydytojasdaugiausiageneralinis
galvenaisģenerāl-ģenerālisparastsvadošais
generálgenerálny
generalsplošen
allmängeneral
โดยทั่วไปนายพล
chungtướng

general

[ˈdʒenərəl]
A. ADJ
1. (= overall) [appearance, decline, attitude] → general
the general standard of education is very highel nivel general de educación es muy alto
2. (= widespread) [view, interest] → general
there was general agreement on this questionhubo un consenso general con respecto a esta cuestión
contrary to general beliefcontrariamente a or en contra de lo que comúnmente se cree
there was general opposition to the proposalla oposición a la propuesta fue general or generalizada
for general usepara el uso general
in general usede uso general
3. (= vague, non-specific) → general
beware of making statements which are too generalten cuidado de hacer afirmaciones que sean demasiado generales
the report was too generalel informe era poco específico
try to be more generalintenta no entrar tanto en detalles
we drove in the general direction of Aberdeenfuimos conduciendo en dirección aproximada a Aberdeen
please direct any general enquiries you may have to my secretaryle ruego solicite a mi secretaria cualquier información de carácter general
I've got the general ideatengo más o menos una idea
I'm beginning to get the general pictureestoy empezando a hacerme una idea
a general termun término genérico
in general termsen líneas or términos generales
4. (= usual)
as a general rulepor regla general
5. (= not specialized) [reader, public] → no especializado
we employ two general labourersempleamos a dos obreros no especializados
an introduction to psychology for the general readeruna introducción a la psicología para el lector no especializado
6. (at end of title) → general
secretary generalsecretario/a m/f general
B. N
1.
in generalen general
we discussed work in generalhablamos sobre el trabajo en general
in general this kind of situation can be controlled (= normally) → en general or por lo general este tipo de situaciones pueden controlarse
2. the particular and the generallo particular y lo general
3. (Mil) (= officer) → general mf
General Croft arrived lateel general Croft llegó tarde
good morning, General Croftbuenos días, General Croft
C. CPD general anaesthetic, general anesthetic (US) Nanestesia f general
general assembly Nasamblea f general
general audit Nauditoría f general
general cargo Ncargamento m mixto
General Certificate of Secondary Education N (Brit) (Educ) GCSE the General Confession N (Church of England) → la oración de confesión colectiva
general costs NPLgastos mpl generales
general dealer N (US) → tienda f, almacén m (S. Cone)
general delivery N (US, Canada) → lista f de correos
general election Nelecciones fpl or comicios mpl generales
general headquarters N (Mil) → cuartel msing general
general holiday Ndía m festivo
general hospital Nhospital m
general knowledge Ncultura f general
general manager Ndirector(a) m/f general
general medicine Nmedicina f general
general meeting Nasamblea f general
General Officer Commanding N (Mil) → Comandante mf en Jefe
general partnership N (Jur) → sociedad f regular colectiva
General Post Office N (Brit) (Govt) (formerly) → Correos m; (= main post office) → oficina f de correos
general practice N (Brit) (Med) (= work) → medicina f general; (= group) → consultorio m médico
I am currently working in general practiceactualmente estoy trabajando como médico de medicina general
to go into general practiceentrar a trabajar en medicina general
general practitioner Nmédico/a m/f de medicina general (frm), médico/a m/f de cabecera
the general public Nel público en general, el gran público
general science N (Scol) → Ciencias fpl
general science teacher Nprofesor(a) m/f de Ciencias
General Secretary NSecretario(a) m/f General
general staff Nestado m mayor (general)
general store N (US) → tienda f, almacén m (S. Cone)
general strike Nhuelga f general

general

[ˈdʒɛnərəl]
n
in general → en général
(in army)général m
the rank of general → le grade de général
adj
(= overall) → général(e)
the general situation in Europe → la situation générale en Europe
the planting and general maintenance of the park → la plantation et l'entretien général du parc
There has been a general decline in giving to charities → Il y a eu une baisse générale des dons faits aux associations caritatives.
I had a general sense of well-being
BUT J'avais un sentiment diffus de bien-être.
[standard, performance] → global(e)
the general standard of education in Britain → le niveau global de l'instruction en Grande-Bretagne
(= felt by most people) [interest] → général(e); [awareness] → du public; [feeling] → général(e)
general agreement → consensus m
as a general rule → en règle générale
in general terms → d'une manière générale general audit, general expensesgeneral anaesthesia nanesthésie f généralegeneral anaesthetic nanesthésie f générale
to have a general anaesthetic → recevoir une anesthésie généralegeneral audit nvérification f annuelleGeneral Certificate of Education n (British) examen passé à 18 ansbaccalauréat mGeneral Certificate of Secondary Education n (British) examen passé à 16 ansbrevet m des collègesgeneral delivery n (US, Canadian)poste f restantegeneral election nélections fpl législativesgeneral expenses nplfrais mpl générauxgeneral hospital ncentre m hospitalier

general

adjallgemein; to be general (= not detailed or specific: wording, proposals) → allgemein gehalten sein; (= vague)unbestimmt or vage sein; (promises, clause)unverbindlich sein; (= widespread: custom, weather etc) → weitverbreitet sein; his general appearancesein Aussehen im Allgemeinen; this is not the general viewdiese Ansicht wird nicht allgemein geteilt; there was general agreement among the two groupsdie beiden Gruppen waren sich grundsätzlich einig; it met with general approvales wurde allgemein gebilligt; the general attitude toward(s) the war is optimistices herrscht allgemein eine optimistische Einstellung zum Krieg; to be in general useallgemein verbreitet sein; fortune tellers are so general in their statementsWahrsager halten ihre Aussagen so allgemein; the general plan or idea is that …wir hatten uns/sie hatten sich (dat)etc das so gedacht, dass …; the general idea of that is to …damit soll bezweckt werden, dass …, es geht dabei darum, dass …; that was the general ideaso war das gedacht; the general idea is to wait and seewir/sie etc wollen einfach mal abwarten; I’ve got the general idea (of it)ich habe eine Vorstellung or ich weiß so ungefähr, worum es geht; to give somebody a general idea of a subjectjdm eine ungefähre Vorstellung von einem Thema geben; in general terms, in a general sensegenerell; she recounted in very general terms the events of recent monthssie berichtete in groben Zügen von den Ereignissen der letzten Monate; I spoke in a general wayich habe ganz allgemein gesprochen; in the general direction of the villageungefähr in Richtung des Dorfes; my general advice would be to leave them alonegrundsätzlich würde ich Ihnen raten, sie in Ruhe zu lassen; as a general ruleim Allgemeinen; a general acheein unbestimmter Schmerz; general labourerungelernter Arbeiter, ungelernte Arbeiterin; general drudgeMädchen ntfür alles; general readerDurchschnittsleser(in) m(f)
n
in generalim Allgemeinen; to go from the general to the particularvom Allgemeinen ins Besondere gehen
(Mil) → General(in) m(f)

general

:
general anaesthetic, (US) general anesthetic
nVollnarkose f
General Assembly
n (of United Nations)Voll- or Generalversammlung f; (Eccl) → Generalsynode f
General Certificate of Education
n (Brit) (= O level)˜ mittlere Reife; (= A level)˜ Reifezeugnis nt, → ˜ Abitur nt
General Certificate of Secondary Education
n (Brit) → Abschluss mder Sekundarstufe, ˜ mittlere Reife
general confession
n the general (Rel) → das allgemeine Sündenbekenntnis
general dealer
n (US) = general store
general degree
n nicht spezialisierter Studienabschluss
general delivery
adv (US, Canada Post: = poste restante) → postlagernd
general election
general factotum
nMädchen ntfür alles
general headquarters
n sing or pl (Mil) → Generalkommando nt
general holiday
nFeiertag m(für alle)
general hospital
nAllgemeinkrankenhaus nt

general

:
general knowledge
nAllgemeinwissen ntor -bildung f
general linguistics

general

:
general manager
nHauptgeschäftsführer(in) m(f)
general medicine
general meeting
nGeneralversammlung f, → Vollversammlung f; (of shareholders etc) → Hauptversammlung f
General Officer Commanding
n (Mil) → Oberbefehlshaber(in) m(f)
general pardon
nGeneralamnestie f
general partnership
General Post Office
n (Brit: = building) → Hauptpost (→ amt nt) f; (dated, = organization) → Post f
general practice
n (Brit Med)
(= work)Allgemeinmedizin f; to be in generalpraktischer Arzt/praktische Ärztin sein
(= place)allgemeinärztliche Praxis, Allgemeinpraxis f
general practitioner
nArzt m/Ärztin ffür Allgemeinmedizin, praktischer Arzt, praktische Ärztin
general public
general-purpose
adjUniversal-; general cleanerUniversalreiniger m
general science
n (Sch) → Naturwissenschaft f; general teacherNaturwissenschaftslehrer(in) m(f)
General Secretary
nGeneralsekretär(in) m(f)

general

:
general staff
n (Mil) → Generalstab m
general store
nGemischtwarenhandlung f
general strike
General Studies
pl (Brit Sch) Kurs zur Vermittlung von Allgemeinwissen an spezialisierte Schüler

general

[ˈdʒɛnrl]
1. adj (gen) → generale; (not detailed, plan, view) → generale, complessivo/a; (enquiry) → generico/a; (not specialized, trader, store) → di generi vari
in general use → d'uso comune or corrente
in general terms → in termini generici, in generale
as a general rule → di norma, di regola
the general idea is to ... → l'idea base sarebbe di...
2. adv in general (usually) → generalmente; (as a whole) → nel complesso
3. n (Mil) → generale m

general

(ˈdʒenərəl) adjective
1. 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.
2. covering a large number of cases. a general rule.
3. without details. I'll just give you a general idea of the plan.
4. (as part of an official title) chief. the Postmaster General.
noun
in the British army, (a person of) the rank next below field marshal. General Smith.
ˈgeneralize, ˈgeneralise verb
1. to make a general rule etc that can be applied to many cases, based on a number of cases. He's trying to generalize from only two examples.
2. to talk (about something) in general terms. We should stop generalizing and discuss each problem separately.
ˌgeneraliˈzation, ˌgeneraliˈsation noun
ˈgenerally adverb
usually; by most people; on the whole. He is generally disliked; He generally wins.
General Certificate of EducationGCEgeneral election
an election in which the voters in every constituency are involved.
general practitionerGPgeneral store
a shop that sells a wide range of goods.
as a general rule
usually; in most cases. As a general rule, we don't employ unskilled workers.
in general
usually; in most cases; most of (a group of people etc). People in general were not very sympathetic; People were in general not very sympathetic.
the general public
the people of a town, country etc, considered as a group.

general

عَامّ, لِوَاء generál, všeobecný general, generel allgemein, General γενικός, στρατηγός general kenraali, yleinen général general, opći generale 一般の, 将軍 일반적인, 장군 algemeen, generaal general, generelt generał, ogólny general, geral генерал, общий allmän, general โดยทั่วไป, นายพล genel chung, tướng 将军, 普通的

general

a. general;
___ appearanceaspecto___;
___ conditionestado ___;
___ practitionersmédicos de familia;
___ treatmenttratamiento___.

general

adj general; in — por lo general
References in classic literature ?
cried Meg, and the rehearsal ended in a general burst of laughter.
While he worked night and day to make his farms more productive and to extend his holdings of land, he regretted that he could not use his own restless energy in the building of temples, the slaying of unbelievers and in general in the work of glorifying God's name on earth.
That is if you're through telling me about my affairs," for Ned, who had formerly worked in the Shopton bank, had recently been made general financial man- ager of the interests of Tom and his father.
Fuchs glanced about to see if there was general approval of her suggestion, then began, `Jesus, Lover of my Soul,' and all the men and women took it up after him.
There was now an apparent disposition to relax; to widen the circle of confidences and give a more general tone to the conversation.
Washington, who, after uselessly admonishing the European general of the danger into which he was heedlessly running, saved the remnants of the British army, on this occasion, by his decision and courage.
The general, for so we shall call him, a Valencian gentleman of rank, gave him his hand and embraced him, saying, "I shall mark this day with a white stone as one of the happiest I can expect to enjoy in my lifetime, since I have seen Senor Don Quixote of La Mancha, pattern and image wherein we see contained and condensed all that is worthy in knight-errantry.
THE Constitution proposed by the convention may be considered under two general points of view.
To be given, after my death, to General Durand, who shall bequeath the packet to his son, with an injunction to preserve it as containing an important document.
Sun Tzu said: In war, the general receives his commands from the sovereign, collects his army and concentrates his forces
Partly, perhaps, for this reason, but much more on account of his inefficiency as a general, he was deprived of his command in 1756, and recalled to England.
The General eyed me coldly, greeted me in rather haughty fashion, and dismissed me to pay my respects to his sister.