B2 involving or relating to most or all people, things, or places, especially when these are considered as a unit: The general feeling is that justice was not served. 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.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. B2 considering the whole of someone or something, and not just a particular part of him, her, or it: So, apart from the bad ankle, how are you in 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.
general noun [C]