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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 special knowledge). He has only a general knowledge of anatomy (= does not have detailed information about it). In general (= In most cases), women live longer than men.

generalnoun [C]

 us   /ˈdʒen·rəl, -ə·rəl/
  • general noun [C] (OFFICER)

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"general" in British English

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generaladjective

uk   /ˈdʒen.ər.əl/  us   /ˈdʒen.ər.əl/
  • 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 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.

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  • general adjective (NOT DETAILED)

B1 not detailed, but including the most basic or necessary information: What he said was very general. The school aims 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 book moves 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 whole organization or company: the general manager the General Secretary of the UN

generalnoun [C]

uk   /ˈdʒen.ər.əl/  us   /ˈdʒen.ər.əl/
(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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"general" in Business English

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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 small percentage 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 management style is known for its individuality. "Housing as a general rule follows jobs," Terry said.
(Definition of general from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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