Definition of “general” - Learner’s Dictionary


adjective us uk /ˈdʒenərəl/
Extra Examples
I sympathize with the general aims of the party.The leaflet offers plenty of general advice.The description gives you a general impression of the house.First we'll start with some general questions.That was the general pattern of events.

B1 not detailed, but including the most basic or necessary information:

These leaflets contain some general information about the school.
I've got a general idea of how it works.
MOST PEOPLE [ always before noun ]

B2 relating to or involving all or most people, things, or places:

There seems to be general agreement on this matter.
NOT LIMITED [ always before noun ]

B2 including a lot of things or subjects and not limited to only one or a few:

general knowledge
in general

B2 considering the whole of someone or something, and not just a particular part of them:

I still have a sore throat, but I feel much better in general.

B1 usually, or in most situations:

In general, the weather here stays sunny.

(Definition of “general adjective” from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)