Meaning of general
Pronunciation: ( jen'ur-ul), [key]
- of or pertaining to all persons or things belonging to a group or category: a general meeting of the employees.
- of, pertaining to, or true of such persons or things in the main, with possible exceptions; common to most; prevalent; usual: the general mood of the people.
- not limited to one class, field, product, service, etc.; miscellaneous: the general public; general science.
- considering or dealing with overall characteristics, universal aspects, or important elements, esp. without considering all details or specific aspects: general instructions; a general description; a general resemblance one to another.
- not specific or definite: I could give them only a general idea of what was going on.
- (of anesthesia or an anesthetic) causing loss of consciousness and abolishing sensitivity to pain throughout the body.
- having extended command or superior or chief rank: the secretary general of the United Nations; the attorney general.
- U.S.Army and Air Force. an officer ranking above a lieutenant general and below a general of the army or general of the air force.
- U.S. Army.an officer of any of the five highest ranks: a brigadier general, major general, lieutenant general, general, or general of the army.
- U.S.Marines. an officer holding the highest rank in the corps.
- (in numerous armies) an officer in the highest, second, or third highest rank, as one ranking immediately below a field marshal in the British army.
- the chief official of a religious order.
- something that is general; generality.
- the general public.
- He likes people in general.
- with respect to the whole class referred to; as a whole:He likes people in general.
- as a rule; usually:In general, the bus is here by 9a.m.
- general (Thesaurus)