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British English: /ˈdʒɛn(ə)r(ə)l/
American English: /ˈdʒɛn(ə)rəl/

Translation of general in French:


  • 1 (Military) general of the army/air force (American English)
    général d'armée/d'armée aérienne
    to make somebody a general
    nommer quelqu'un général
    General Franco
    le général Franco
    yes, general
    à vos ordres, mon général


  • 1 (widespread)
    (interest, concern, approval, effort, feeling, opinion, chaos, ban, paralysis)
    (reaction, response)
    to be a general favourite
    être apprécié de tous
    in general use
    (word, term)
    d'usage courant
    d'utilisation courante
  • 2 (overall)
    (condition, appearance, standard, rise, fall, decline, impression)
    (attitude, behaviour)
    to improve one's general fitness
    améliorer sa forme
    do you get the general idea?
    tu vois?
    that's the general idea
    en gros, c'est ça l'idée
    the general plan is to do
    en gros, le plan c'est de faire
  • 4 (not detailed or specific)
    (description, statement, information)
    (promise, assurance)
    to talk in general terms
    parler en termes généraux
    a general discussion about
    une discussion d'ensemble sur
    to keep the conversation general
    maintenir la conversation sur des sujets d'intérêt général
    to give somebody a general idea of
    donner à quelqu'un une idée d'ensemble de
    to head in the general direction of
    aller en direction de
  • 5 (not specialized)
    (medicine, linguistics)
    (programme, magazine)
    d'intérêt général
    (user, reader)
    (store, shop, dealer)
    qui vend de tout
    general office duties
    travail (m) de bureau
  • 6 (miscellaneous)
    (category, index, enquiry, expenses)
    we sell general antiques
    nous vendons toutes sortes d'antiquités

also: in general adverb phrase

  • 1 (usually or non-specifically) in general I like the theatre, but…
    en général j'aime le théâtre, mais…
    adults in general and parents in particular
    les adultes en général et les parents en particulier
    he is fed up with life in general
    il en a assez de la vie en général
  • 2 (overall, mostly) in general it seems quite simple
    dans l'ensemble cela paraît assez simple

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