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general

gen·er·al

general

 
pronunciation:
je n rl [or] jen rl
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: relating to or characteristic of all or most of some thing or group; not referring to, connected with, or limited to any one particular thing.
The library is open to the general public.He'll be having general anaesthesia instead of just a local anaesthetic.A "gem" is a general term for precious stones such as diamonds, rubies, and sapphires.I felt a general feeling of anxiety that morning.She had a career in general medicine before deciding to specialize.
synonyms:
blanket, collective, common, generic, universal
antonyms:
local, particular, restricted
similar words:
broad, comprehensive, global, inclusive, overall, popular, public
definition 2: not detailed or pertaining to specifics.
He gave us a general idea of what the new building would look like.Questions from the audience were of a general nature.
synonyms:
broad, indefinite, indeterminate, indistinct, nonspecific, vague
antonyms:
detailed, individual, particular, specific
similar words:
gross, inexact
definition 3: common, customary, or widespread.
The general opinion is that the plan has failed.The television came into general use years after its invention.Raising one's hand is a general method of requesting a turn to speak.
synonyms:
common, conventional, customary, habitual, ordinary, prevailing, regular, usual, widespread
antonyms:
exceptional, occasional, personal
similar words:
comprehensive, everyday, frequent, overall, prevalent, sweeping
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: an officer of high military rank in the U.S. and other armed forces.
The general ordered the troops to withdraw from the area.
similar words:
commanding officer, officer
definition 2: an idea or principle that can be applied to the whole.
similar words:
universality
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Word Parts
The word general contains the following parts:
-al2, -ial, -ual Latin adjective-forming suffix that means pertaining to
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The suffix -al2, -ial attaches primarily to nouns (national , environmental ) but sometimes to Latin or Greek roots (final , capital , comical ) to form adjectives. See also -ar1.