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general US English

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

general US Thesaurus

this is suitable for general use

general New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(capital as military title; abbreviation Gen.)

the general in general US English

The general public

in general US English

Usually; mainly

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

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

Agent General New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

foreign representative of an Australian state or Canadian province

General Synod New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

highest governing body of the Church of England

vicar general New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

assistant to an Anglican bishop or archbishop; Roman Catholic bishop's representative

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 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 partner US English

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

general-purpose US English

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

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 that includes several different sciences, typically as a school subject

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, including current affairs, ethics, and technology, typically as a school subject

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

States General New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

legislative body in the Netherlands and in France to 1789

surgeon general New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

head of US public health service

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

brigadier general US English

An officer in the US Army, Air Force, or Marine Corps ranking above colonel and below major general

director general US English

The chief executive of a large organization

General American US English

(In nontechnical use) the variety of English spoken in the greater part of the US, particularly with reference to the lack of regional characteristics

general anesthesia US English

Anesthesia that affects the whole body and usually induces a loss of consciousness


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