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

Translation of general in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (not detailed or specific) I get the general picture
    me hago una idea (general)
    be more general
    no des tantos detalles
    speaking in general terms, you are right
    hablando en general or en líneas generales, tienes razón
    he threw it in her general direction
    la lanzó aproximadamente en su dirección
    it's his general attitude I object to
    lo que me molesta es su actitud en general
    a general term
    un término genérico or general
    in general his work is good in general
    en general or por lo general or generalmente su trabajo es bueno
    we discussed life in general
    hablamos de la vida en general
    Example sentences
    • That memorandum is in somewhat general and imprecise terms.
    • Most patients thought about research in broad, general terms.
    • By reference to those considerations it is possible to identify general features of a discriminatory law.
    1.2 (not specialized)
    no especializado
    a guide book for the general reader
    una guía para el gran público
    he's been a general nuisance all morning
    se ha pasado la mañana molestando
    Example sentences
    • But she failed to pass the national examination because of her poor knowledge of general subjects.
    • The rarity of the disease has limited general knowledge of it and the symptoms it causes.
    • While one section is devoted to literary terms, another attempts to provide general knowledge on a range of topics.
  • 2 2.1 (applicable to all, involving everyone) topics of general interest the general good
    el bien general or de todos
    Example sentences
    • Use of hard drugs may not be widespread in the general public, but the problems associated with drugs affect many people.
    • In general students are interested in the same things that concern the general public.
    • Usually about five to ten percent of the general population are affected.
    2.2 (widespread) there's a general tendency to …
    existe una tendencia generalizada a …
    the rain will become (more) general
    la lluvia irá generalizándose or extendiéndose
  • 3 (usual) in the general way or as a general rule we don't allow it
    por lo general or por regla general no lo permitimos
    Example sentences
    • Yet such isolated cases only confirm the general argument in favour of de-accessing.
    • The general customer accepts an accomplished RW by forming a commission for the purpose.
    • The general routine now is that we will have a drink when we arrive and then start to prepare the trays for dinner, setting them with cutlery.
  • 4 (supreme)
    General Assembly
    Example sentences
    • The club needs either a Chief Exec or general manager with a day-to-day overview of the running of the club to avoid situations like this.
    • That is a matter for the general manager and the chief executive of the Department of Labour.
    • By comparison, half of the teams in the majors have changed general managers in the past three years.
  • 5 (Medicine)


  • (Military)
    Example sentences
    • The most stable connection is that between the military commander and generals and officers directly subordinated to him.
    • Senior generals and staff officers know this, which is why they are reluctant to rush into attacking at such a time.
    • But under his warring sons several major field armies emerged, under generals of even higher rank.
    Example sentences
    • The senior officers - generals, brigadiers, colonels - were all at a loss about what to do.
    • There are paintings and photographs of generals, lieutenants, sergeants, privates, secretaries and commanders-in-chief.
    • I'm privileged to spend a good bit of time with our military officers, from generals to new lieutenants.
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