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general British & World English

Affecting or concerning all or most people or things; widespread

general English Thesaurus

they are moderately priced and suitable for general use

general New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(capital as military title; abbreviation Gen.)

in general British & World English

Usually; mainly

agent general British & World English

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

cook-general British & World English

A domestic servant who does both housework and cookery

general staff British & World English

The staff assisting a military commander in planning and executing operations

general store British & World English

A shop that sells a wide variety of goods, typically one in a small town or village

General Synod British & World English

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

major general British & World English

A rank of officer in the army and the US air force, above brigadier or brigadier general and below lieutenant general

vicar general British & World 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 British & World English

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

consul general British & World English

A consul of the highest status

general average British & World 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 British & World English

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

general counsel British & World English

(In the US) the main lawyer who gives legal advice to a company

general dealer British & World English

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

general ledger British & World English

The main accounting record of a company or organization

general manager British & World English

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

general meeting British & World English

A meeting open to all members of an organization

general officer British & World English

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

general partner British & World English

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

general-purpose British & World English

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

General Santos British & World English

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

general science British & World English

A course of study that includes several different sciences, typically as a school subject

general strike British & World English

A strike of workers in all or most industries

general studies British & World English

A course of study that covers a variety of topics, including current affairs, ethics, and technology, typically as a school subject

States General British & World English

The legislative body in the Netherlands from the 15th to 18th centuries, and in France until 1789, representing the three estates of the realm (i.e. the clergy, the nobility, and the commons)

surgeon general British & World English

(Chiefly in the US) the head of a public health service or of the medical service of an army, navy, or air force

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 British & World English

(In the British army) a high-ranking administrative officer

advocate general British & World English

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

attorney general British & World English

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

brigadier general British & World English

A rank of officer in the US army, air force, and marine corps, above colonel and below major general

director general British & World English

The chief executive of a large organization

General American British & World English

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


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