1. [ adjective ] 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"

Related terms: specific overall widespread mass miscellaneous broad as_a_whole pervading generalised gross generalized general-purpose all-purpose plain at-large generic at-large pandemic comprehensive imprecise unspecialized indiscriminate generality
2. [ noun ] (military,work) a general officer of the highest rank
Synonyms: full_general
Related terms: general_officer Napoleon Belshazzar Lee Washington Caesar Hannibal Jackson Burgoyne Lysander Demetrius Cromwell Antony Saxe belisarius Hasdrubal clark clay charles_cornwallis Lysimachus charles_andre_joseph_marie_de_gaulle Pompey Scipio Ike Seleucus Sulla Flaminius Bolivar j._e._johnston lucius_licinius_luculus 1st_viscount_montgomery_of_alamein bradley chiang_chung-cheng churchill siraj-ud-daula clausewitz anthony_wayne baron_clive a._e._burnside butcher_cumberland custer dayan douglas_macarthur doolittle baron_hugh_caswall_tremenheere_dowding eugene el_caudillo groves bomber_harris hindenburg holofernes fighting_joe_hooker houston jackson agricola flavius_josephus Garibaldi george_catlett_marshall george_gordon_meade alcibiades miltiades billy_mitchell arnold duc_d'elchingen black_jack_pershing george_edward_pickett comte_de_rochambeau antonio_lopez_de_santa_ana scott sherman Grant joseph_warren_stilwell albrecht_eusebius_wenzel_von_wallenstein archibald_percival_wavell Bragg arthur_wellesley xenophon georgi_konstantinovich_zhukov Antigonus colin_luther_powell military
3. [ adjective ] not specialized or limited to one class of things

"general studies" "general knowledge"

Related terms: undiversified
4. [ adjective ] of national scope

"a general election"

Related terms: national
5. [ adjective ] prevailing among and common to the general public

"the general discontent"

Related terms: common
6. [ verb ] (military) command as a general

"We are generaled by an incompetent!"

Related terms: command
7. [ adjective ] (medicine) affecting the entire body

"a general anesthetic" "general symptoms"

Related terms: local medicine systemic generalised generalized
8. [ adjective ] somewhat indefinite

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

Related terms: imprecise
9. [ adjective ] of worldwide scope or applicability
Synonyms: universal ecumenical oecumenical worldwide cosmopolitan

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

Related terms: comprehensive
10. [ noun ] the head of a religious order or congregation
Synonyms: superior_general
Related terms: head
11. [ noun ] a fact about the whole (as opposed to particular)

"he discussed the general but neglected the particular"

Related terms: particular particular fact
Similar spelling:   generally