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Date: 1100-1200
Language: French
Origin: Latin generalis 'of the whole type', from genus; GENUS

general

1 adjective
     
gen‧e‧ral1 S1 W1 [usually before noun]
1

not detailed

describing or relating to only the main features or parts of something, not the details:
a general introduction to computing
I skimmed through it to get a general impression of the text.
I have a general idea of what I want to express.
He spoke in general terms about greater competitiveness.
2

relating to whole

involving the whole of a situation, group, or thing, rather than specific parts of it:
There has been a general decline in standards.
ways to improve your general health
3

ordinary

ordinary or usual:
general cooking and cleaning
I hate paperwork as a general rule.
4

most people

shared by or affecting most people, or most of the people in a group:
These courses are based around topics of general interest.
How soon can the drug be made available for general use?
5

not limited

not limited to one use, activity, subject etc:
The next ten minutes passed in general conversation.
It's a good general fertilizer.
This type of microphone is suitable for general use.
6

approximate

used to talk about an approximate area or direction:
Pat and his friend were in the general area of the crime when it happened.
They started walking in the general direction of the pub.
7

job

BO used in the name of a job to show that the person who does it has complete responsibility:
the Attorney General

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