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generaladjective

 us   /ˈdʒen·rəl, -ə·rəl/

general adjective (COMMON)

involving or ​relating to most ​people, things, or ​conditions, esp. when these are ​considered as a ​unit; not ​particular or ​specific: the general ​standard of ​living This ​book is ​intended for the general ​reader (= one who does not have ​specialknowledge). He has only a general ​knowledge of ​anatomy (= does not have ​detailedinformation about it). In general (= In most ​cases), women ​livelonger than men.

generalnoun [C]

 us   /ˈdʒen·rəl, -ə·rəl/

general noun [C] (OFFICER)

a ​militaryofficer of the ​highestrank
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generaladjective

uk   /ˈdʒen.ər.əl/  us   /-ɚ-/

general adjective (COMMON)

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 ​risingcrimerates. 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 ​allowchildren in the ​bar. B2 considering the ​whole of someone or something, and not just a ​particularpart of him, her, or it: So, ​apart from the ​badankle, 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.
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general adjective (NOT DETAILED)

B1 not ​detailed, but ​including the most ​basic or ​necessaryinformation: What he said was very general. The ​schoolaims to give ​children a general ​background in a ​variety of ​subjects. I'm not an ​expert, so I can only ​speak in general terms on this ​matter.the general things ​considered as a ​unit and without giving ​attention to ​details: His ​bookmoves from the general to the ​particular.

general adjective (NOT LIMITED)

B2 including a lot of things or ​subjects and not ​limited to only one or a few: general ​knowledge used as ​part of the ​title of a ​job of someone who is in ​charge of a ​wholeorganization or ​company: the general manager the General ​Secretary of the UN

generalnoun [C]

uk   /ˈdʒen.ər.əl/  us   /-ɚ-/
(also General) an ​officer of very high ​rank, ​especially in the ​army: He was ​promoted to the ​rank of general. General Brown/Roger Brown [as form of address] Thank you, General.
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generaladjective

uk   us   /ˈdʒenərəl/
including a lot of things or subjects rather than being ​limited to only one or a few: Only a third of the general ​population are ​willing to ​haggle over the ​price of something they want to ​buy. Market ​demand for all our ​products remains ​strong, reflecting continued ​growth in the general ​economy. Let me describe the ​finances in general ​terms without being ​specific.
HR, WORKPLACE used as ​part of the ​title of a ​job of someone who is in ​charge of all or ​part of an ​organization or ​company: Mike Black, general ​manager at the ​plant, said only a ​smallpercentage of the ​workforce were ​members of the ​union. the General ​Secretary of the UN General Director
in general (also as a general rule) usually, or in most ​situations: In general, British ​managementstyle is known for its individuality. "Housing as a general ​rulefollowsjobs," Terry said.
(Definition of general from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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