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general US English

Affecting or concerning all or most people, places, or things; widespread

the general in general US English

The general public

general US Thesaurus

this is suitable for general use

in general US English

Usually; mainly

abbot-general US English

An abbot who is head of a congregation consisting of several associated monasteries.

agent general US English

The representative of an Australian state or Canadian province in a major foreign city

cook-general US English

A domestic servant who does both housework and cookery

field general US English

A general who commands troops on the field of battle.

general issue US English

A general plea, such as ‘not guilty’, by which all the material allegations presented are addressed.

general post US English

A game in which each player is called by the name of a place to which letters are supposed to be sent and all are required to change seats when ‘general post’ is called.

general roll US English

The larger of two New Zealand electoral rolls, comprising all electors who are not registered on the Maori roll

general shop US English

= general store.

general staff US English

The staff assisting a military commander in planning and executing operations

general store US English

A store, typically in a small town, selling a wide variety of goods

General Synod US English

The highest governing body of the Church of England, an elected assembly of three houses (bishops, clergy, and laity)

major general US English

An officer in the US Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps ranking above brigadier general and below lieutenant general

vicar general US English

An Anglican official serving as a deputy or assistant to a bishop or archbishop

admiral general US English

(In Germany, Denmark, and other countries) the senior commanding officer of a naval fleet or navy; an officer holding the highest rank in a country's navy.

captain general US English

An honorary rank of senior officer in the British army, most commonly in an artillery regiment

consul general US English

A consul of the highest status, stationed in a major city and supervising other consuls in the district

general average US English

(In maritime law) the apportionment of financial liability for the loss arising from the jettisoning of cargo by dividing the costs among all those whose property (ship or cargo) was preserved by the action

General Baptist US English

A member of an Arminian Baptist congregation who rejects the Calvinist doctrine of predestination

general counsel US English

The main lawyer who gives legal advice to a company

general dealer US English

(In South Africa) the keeper of a rural or township store

general epistle US English

= Catholic Epistle; also in extended use.

general health US English

The state of health of the body as a whole, or of a community.

general ledger US English

The main accounting record of a company or organization

general manager US English

A manager in charge of running the main day-to-day business activities of a company or department

general meeting US English

A meeting open to all members of an organization

general officer US English

An officer ranking above colonel in the US Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps

general orders US English

Orders issued by a commander-in-chief.

general pardon US English

A pardon for offences generally, or for those committed by a number of people not named individually.

general partner US English

A member of a business partnership who has unlimited liability for debts incurred by the business

general public US English

The community or people in general, usually in contrast to a specific group.

general-purpose US English

Having a range of potential uses; not specialized in function or design

general reserve US English

A force held in reserve for deployment anywhere within the field of operations.

General Santos US English

A port city in the Philippines, on southern Mindanao Island, on Saragani Bay; population 443,500 (est. 2007)

general science US English

A course of study incorporating elements of several different sciences, typically as a school subject

general servant US English

A servant whose duties are general rather than limited to a particular sphere; specifically = maid-of-all-work.

general strike US English

A strike of workers in all or most industries

general studies US English

A course of study that covers a variety of topics, typically as a school subject

general ticket US English

The system by which the whole list of candidates for the representation, e.g. of a state or city, is voted upon by the undivided body of electors.

Justice General US English

Originally: a supreme judge in a particular division of the realm, a justiciar. Later: the (nominal) president of the Court of Justiciary.

Mother General US English

A female head of a religious order.

States-General US English

The bicameral legislative body in the Netherlands

surgeon general US English

The head of a public health service or of an armed forces medical service

valuer general US English

A state official who assesses properties for rating and taxation purposes

adjutant general US English

The adjutant of a unit having a general staff

advocate general US English

Any of a number of officers assisting the judges in the European Court of Justice

attorney general US English

The principal legal officer who represents a country or a state in legal proceedings and gives legal advice to the government

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