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English adjective: general

1. general applying to all or most members of a category or group

SamplesThe general public.
General assistance.
A general rule.
In general terms.
Comprehensible to the general reader.

Similarall-purpose, broad, general-purpose, generic, gross, overall, pandemic, universal, unspecific, widespread

See alsocomprehensive, imprecise, indiscriminate, unspecialised, unspecialized



2. general not specialized or limited to one class of things

SamplesGeneral studies.
General knowledge.



3. general prevailing among and common to the general public

SamplesThe general discontent.



4. general affecting the entire body

SamplesA general anesthetic.
General symptoms.


Domain categorymedical specialty, medicine


5. general somewhat indefinite

SamplesBearing a general resemblance to the original.
A general description of the merchandise.



6. general of worldwide scope or applicability

SamplesAn issue of cosmopolitan import.
The shrewdest political and ecumenical comment of our time.
Universal experience.

Synonymscosmopolitan, ecumenical, oecumenical, universal, world-wide, worldwide


Antonymsincomprehensive, noncomprehensive

English noun: general

1. general (person) a general officer of the highest rank

Synonymsfull general

Broader (hypernym)general officer

Narrower (hyponym)Blucher, G. L. von Blucher, Gebhard Leberecht von Blucher, von Blucher

Instance hyponym1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, A. E. Burnside, Agricola, Albrecht Eusebius Wenzel von Wallenstein, Alcibiades, Ambrose Everett Burnside, Andrew Jackson, Anthony, Anthony Wayne, Antigonus, Antigonus Cyclops, Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana, Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, Antonius, Antony, Archibald Percival Wavell, Arnold, Arthur Wellesley, Baron Clive, Baron Clive of Plassey, Baron Hugh Caswall Tremenheere Dowding, Belisarius, Belshazzar, Benedict Arnold, Bernard Law Montgomery, Billy Mitchell, Black Jack Pershing, Bolivar, Bomber Harris, Bonaparte, Bradley, Bragg, Braxton Bragg, Burgoyne, Burnside, Butcher Cumberland, Caesar, Charles Andre Joseph Marie de Gaulle, Charles Cornwallis, Charles de Gaulle, Chiang Chung-cheng, Chiang Kai-shek, Churchill, Clark, Clausewitz, Clay, Clive, Colin luther Powell, Colin Powell, Comte de Rochambeau, comte de Saxe, Cornwallis, Cromwell, Cumberland, Custer, Dayan, de Gaulle, Demetrius, Demetrius I, Demetrius Poliorcetes, Doolittle, Douglas MacArthur, Dowding, Dowdy, Duc d'Elchingen, Duke of Cumberland, Duke of Marlborough, Duke of Wellington, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Dwight David Eisenhower, Dwight Eisenhower, Eisenhower, El Caudillo, El Libertador, Eugene, Fighting Joe Hooker, First Duke of Marlborough, First Duke of Wellington, First Earl Wavell, First Marquess Cornwallis, Flaminius, Flavius Josephus, Francisco Franco, Franco, Gaius Flaminius, Gaius Julius Caesar, Garibaldi, General Charles de Gaulle, General Custer, General de Gaulle, General Franco, Gentleman Johnny, George Armstrong Custer, George Catlett Marshall, George Edward Pickett, George Gordon Meade, George Marshall, George Washington, Georgi Konstantinovich Zhukov, Georgi Zhukov, Giuseppe Garibaldi, Gnaeus Julius Agricola, Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus, Grant, Groves, Hannibal, Harris, Hasdrubal, Hermann Maurice Saxe, Hindenburg, Hiram Ulysses Grant, Holofernes, Hooker, Houston, Hugh Dowding, Ike, Iron Duke, Ironsides, J. E. Johnston, Jackson, Jackson, James Harold Doolittle, Jean Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur, Jimmy Doolittle, John Burgoyne, John Churchill, John Joseph Pershing, Johnston, Joseph ben Matthias, Joseph Eggleston Johnston, Joseph Hooker, Joseph Warren Stilwell, Josephus, Julius Caesar, Karl von Clausewitz, Lee, Leslie Richard Groves, Licinius Lucullus, Little Corporal, Lucius Clay, Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix, Lucius DuBignon Clay, Lucius Licinius Lucullus, Lucius Licinius Luculus, Lucullus, Luculus, Lysander, Lysimachus, MacArthur, Mad Anthony Wayne, Marcus Antonius, Mark Anthony, Mark Antony, Mark Clark, Mark Wayne Clark, Marshal Saxe, Marshall, Meade, Michel Ney, Miltiades, Mitchell, Monophthalmos, Montgomery, Moshe Dayan, Napoleon, Napoleon Bonaparte, Napoleon I, Ney, Old Hickory, Oliver Cromwell, Omar Bradley, Omar Nelson Bradley, Paul Ludwig von Beneckendorff und von Hindenburg, Paul von Hindenburg, Pershing, Pickett, Pompey, Pompey the Great, Powell, President Eisenhower, President Grant, President Washington, Prince Eugene of Savoy, Publius Cornelius Scipio, Publius Cornelius Scipio Africanus Major, Robert Clive, Robert E. Lee, Robert Edward Lee, Rochambeau, Sam Houston, Samuel Houston, Santa Ana, Santa Anna, Saxe, Scipio, Scipio Africanus, Scipio Africanus Major, Scipio the Elder, Scott, Seleucus, Seleucus I, Seleucus I Nicator, Sherman, Simon Bolivar, Sir Arthur Travers Harris, Sir Bernard Law Montgomery, Siraj-ud-daula, Stilwell, Stonewall Jackson, Sulla, Thomas J. Jackson, Thomas Jackson, Thomas Jonathan Jackson, Ulysses Grant, Ulysses S. Grant, Ulysses Simpson Grant, Uncle Joe, Vinegar Joe Stilwell, Wallenstein, Washington, Wavell, Wayne, Wellington, William Augustus, William Mitchell, William Tecumseh Sherman, Winfield Scott, Xenophon, Zhukov

Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

2. general (person) the head of a religious order or congregation

Synonymssuperior general

Broader (hypernym)chief, head, top dog

3. general (cognition) a fact about the whole (as opposed to particular)

SamplesHe discussed the general but neglected the particular.

Broader (hypernym)fact

Antonymsparticular, specific

English verb: general

1. general (communication) command as a general

SamplesWe are generaled by an incompetent!.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)command

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