general Definition

  • 1affecting or concerning all or most people, places, or things; widespread
  • 2not specialized or limited in range of subject, application, activity, etc.

Using general: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "general" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The general consensus is that we need to take action now.

  • Example

    I have a general idea of what the project entails.

  • Example

    She has a general knowledge of history.

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    The general public is invited to attend the event.

general Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using general

  • using broad or vague language to describe something


    He described the project in general terms, without going into specifics.

  • a statement that is usually true, but may have exceptions


    As a general rule, it's best to avoid eating late at night.

  • the basic concept or understanding of something


    I didn't read the whole article, but I got the general idea from the first paragraph.

Phrases with general

  • usually; as a rule; generally


    In general, I prefer coffee over tea.

  • all the people who are not members of a particular group or organization


    The museum is open to the general public.

  • a retail store that carries a wide variety of merchandise, usually in a small town or rural area


    The general store was the only place to buy groceries in the small town.

Origins of general

from Latin 'generalis', meaning 'pertaining to a whole class'


Summary: general in Brief

The term 'general' [ˈdʒenrəl] refers to something that affects or concerns all or most people, places, or things, and is not specialized or limited in range. It can be used to describe a wide variety of subjects, from knowledge to consensus, as in 'The general consensus is that we need to take action now.' 'General' also appears in phrases like 'in general,' and idioms like 'a general rule,' denoting a statement that is usually true, but may have exceptions.

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