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general

adjective (COMMON)    /ˈdʒen.ər.əl/ US  /-ɚ-/
B2 involving or relating to most or all people, things, or places, especially when these are considered as a unit: The general feeling at the meeting was that a vote should be taken. There is general concern about rising crime rates. My general impression of the place was good. The talk is intended to be of general interest (= of interest to most people).UK formal Rain will become more general in the southeast during the afternoon.General in general B1 (also as a general rule) usually, or in most situations: In general, men are taller than women. As a general rule, we don't allow children in the bar.General B2 considering the whole of someone or something, and not just a particular part of them: So, apart from the bad ankle, how are you in general?General be in the general interest formal to be a good thing for the public: The government will only say it is not in the general interest to reveal any more information.Useful or advantageous
(Definition of general adjective (COMMON) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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