• Including or involving every part or member of a given or implied entity, whole etc.; as opposed to specific or particular. [from 13th c.]
  • Not limited in use or application; applicable to the whole or every member of a class or category. [from 14th c.]
  • Prevalent or widespread among a given class or area; common, usual. [from 14th c.]
  • Not limited to a specific class; miscellaneous, concerned with all branches of a given subject or area. [from 16th c.]
  • (sometimes postpositive) Applied to a person (as a postmodifier or a normal preceding adjective) to indicate supreme rank, in civil or military titles, and later in other terms; pre-eminent. [from 14th c.]
  • Giving or consisting of only the most important aspects of something, ignoring minor details; indefinite. [from 16th c.]


  • (nautical) A commander of naval forces; an admiral. [16th-18th c.]
  • (now rare) A general fact or proposition; a generality. [from 16th c.]

    "We have dealt with the generals; now let us turn to the particulars."

  • (Christianity) The head of certain religious orders, especially Dominicans or Jesuits. [from 16th c.]
  • A general anaesthetic; general anaesthesia.
  • A great strategist or tactician. [from 16th c.]

    "Hannibal was one of the greatest generals of the ancient world."

  • (colloquial, now historical) A general servant; a maid with no specific duties. [from 19th c.]
  • (military) A senior military title, originally designating the commander of an army and now a specific rank falling under field marshal (in the British army) and below general of the army or general of the air force in the US army and air forces. [from 16th c.]


  • To lead (soldiers) as a general

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