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Topic: ARMY

Date: 1500-1600
Origin: general officer

general

2 noun
     
general2
1PMAPMP [countable] an officer of very high rank in the army or air force
2

in general

a) usually or in most situations:
In general, about 10% of the candidates are eventually offered positions.
b) used when talking about the whole of a situation, group, or thing, rather than specific parts of it:
a feeling of dissatisfaction with life in general
These policies are unpopular with politicians and people in general.
We're trying to raise awareness about the environment in general and air pollution in particular.
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