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Definition 1: a fact about the whole (as opposed to particular) - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where general or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he discussed the general but neglected the particular

(general is a kind of ...) a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred

"first you must collect all the facts of the case"

Definition 2: a general officer of the highest rank - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for general in the sense of this definition

(general is a kind of ...) officers in the Army or Air Force or Marines above the rank of colonel

(... is a kind of general ) Prussian general who is remembered for his leadership in the wars against Napoleon (1742-1819)

(... is an instance of general) United States general in the Union Army who was defeated at Chancellorsville by Robert E. Lee (1814-1879)

(... is an instance of general) United States general who served as chief of staff and commanded Allied forces in the South Pacific during World War II; he accepted the surrender of Japan (1880-1964)

(... is an instance of general) United States general and statesman who as Secretary of State organized the European Recovery Program (1880-1959)

(... is an instance of general) United States general in charge of the Union troops at the Battle of Gettysburg (1815-1872)

(... is an instance of general) Athenian general who defeated the Persians at Marathon (540-489)

(... is an instance of general) United States aviator and general who was an early advocate of military air power (1879-1936)

(... is an instance of general) English general during World War II; won victories over Rommel in North Africa and led British ground forces in the invasion of Normandy (1887-1976)

(... is an instance of general) French general who became emperor of the French (1769-1821)

(... is an instance of general) French marshal in the Napoleonic Wars (1769-1815)

(... is an instance of general) Macedonian general under Alexander the Great; with Seleucus he defeated Antigonus and Demetrius at the battle of Ipsus (circa 355-281 BC)

(... is an instance of general) Spartan general who defeated the Athenians in the final battle of the Peloponnesian War (died in 395 BC)

(... is an instance of general) United States politician and military leader who fought to gain independence for Texas from Mexico and to make it a part of the United States (1793-1863)

(... is an instance of general) 7th president of the US; successfully defended New Orleans from the British in 1815; expanded the power of the presidency (1767-1845)

(... is an instance of general) general in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War whose troops at the first Battle of Bull Run stood like a stone wall (1824-1863)

(... is an instance of general) Confederate general in the American Civil War; led the Confederate troops in the West (1807-1891)

(... is an instance of general) Jewish general who led the revolt of the Jews against the Romans and then wrote a history of those events (37-100)

(... is an instance of general) American general who led the Confederate Armies in the American Civil War (1807-1870)

(... is an instance of general) Roman general famous for self-indulgence and giving lavish banquets (circa 110-57 BC)

(... is an instance of general) Roman general famous for giving lavish banquets (110-57 BC)

(... is an instance of general) United States general who commanded the American forces in Europe during World War I (1860-1948)

(... is an instance of general) American Confederate general known for leading a disastrous charge at Gettysburg (1825-1875)

(... is an instance of general) United States general who commanded the Allied forces in China and Burma and India during World War II (1883-1946)

(... is an instance of general) Roman general and dictator (138-78 BC)

(... is an instance of general) Austrian general who fought for the Hapsburgs during the Thirty Years' War (1583-1634)

(... is an instance of general) 1st President of the United States; commander-in-chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution (1732-1799)

(... is an instance of general) British field marshal in North Africa in World War II; he defeated the Italians before being defeated by the Germans (1883-1950)

(... is an instance of general) American general during the American Revolution (1745-1796)

(... is an instance of general) British general and statesman; he defeated Napoleon at Waterloo; subsequently served as Prime Minister (1769-1852)

(... is an instance of general) Greek general and historian; student of Socrates (430-355 BC)

(... is an instance of general) Indian general and nawab of Bengal who opposed the colonization of India by England; he captured Calcutta in 1756 and many of his prisoners suffocated in a crowded room that became known as the Black Hole of Calcutta; he was defeated at the battle of Plassey by a group of Indian nobles in alliance with Robert Clive (1728-1757)

(... is an instance of general) United States general who was commander of all Union troops in the West; he captured Atlanta and led a destructive march to the sea that cut the Confederacy in two (1820-1891)

(... is an instance of general) Roman general and statesman who quarrelled with Caesar and fled to Egypt where he was murdered (106-48 BC)

(... is an instance of general) United States general who was the first African American to serve as chief of staff; later served as Secretary of State under President George W. Bush (born 1937)

(... is an instance of general) French general who commanded French troops in the American Revolution, notably at Yorktown (1725-1807)

(... is an instance of general) Mexican general who tried to crush the Texas revolt and who lost battles to Winfield Scott and Zachary Taylor in the Mexican War (1795-1876)

(... is an instance of general) a French marshal who distinguished himself in the War of the Austrian Succession (1696-1750)

(... is an instance of general) Roman general who commanded the invasion of Carthage in the second Punic War and defeated Hannibal at Zama (circa 237-183 BC)

(... is an instance of general) United States general who was a hero of the War of 1812 and who defeated Santa Anna in the Mexican War (1786-1866)

(... is an instance of general) Macedonian general who accompanied Alexander the Great into Asia; founded a line of kings who reigned in Asia Minor until 65 BC (358-281 BC)

(... is an instance of general) Soviet general who during World War II directed the counteroffensive at Stalingrad and relieved Leningrad and captured Berlin (1896-1974)

(... is an instance of general) (Apocrypha) the Assyrian general who was decapitated by the biblical heroine Judith

(... is an instance of general) German field marshal and statesman; as president of the Weimar Republic he reluctantly appointed Hitler as chancellor in 1933 (1847-1934)

(... is an instance of general) Prussian general and military theorist who proposed a doctrine of total war and war as an extension of diplomacy (1780-1831)

(... is an instance of general) United States general who was Allied commander in Africa and Italy in World War II and was commander of the United Nations forces in Korea (1896-1984)

(... is an instance of general) English general considered one of the greatest generals in history (1650-1722)

(... is an instance of general) Chinese military and political figure; in the Chinese civil war that followed World War II he was defeated by the Chinese communists and in 1949 was forced to withdraw to Taiwan where he served as president of Nationalist China until his death (1897-1975)

(... is an instance of general) conqueror of Gaul and master of Italy (100-44 BC)

(... is an instance of general) United States general in the American Civil War who was defeated by Robert E. Lee at the Battle of Fredericksburg (1824-1881)

(... is an instance of general) British general in the American Revolution who captured Fort Ticonderoga but lost the battle of Saratoga in 1777 (1722-1792)

(... is an instance of general) Confederate general during the American Civil War who was defeated by Grant in the battle of Chattanooga (1817-1876)

(... is an instance of general) United States general who played an important role in the Allied victory in World War II (1893-1981)

(... is an instance of general) Venezuelan statesman who led the revolt of South American colonies against Spanish rule; founded Bolivia in 1825 (1783-1830)

(... is an instance of general) (Old Testament) Babylonian general and son of Nebuchadnezzar II; according to the Old Testament he was warned of his doom by divine handwriting on the wall that was interpreted by Daniel (6th century BC)

(... is an instance of general) Byzantine general under Justinian I; he recovered former Roman territories in northern Africa and fought against the Persians

(... is an instance of general) United States general and traitor in the American Revolution; in 1780 his plan to surrender West Point to the British was foiled (1741-1801)

(... is an instance of general) Roman general under Julius Caesar in the Gallic wars; repudiated his wife for the Egyptian queen Cleopatra; they were defeated by Octavian at Actium (83-30 BC)

(... is an instance of general) a general of Alexander the Great and king of Macedonia; lost one eye; killed in a battle at Ipsus (382-301 BC)

(... is an instance of general) ancient Athenian statesman and general in the Peloponnesian War (circa 450-404 BC)

(... is an instance of general) Roman general who was governor of Britain and extended Roman rule north to the Firth of Forth (37-93)

(... is an instance of general) British general and statesman whose victory at Plassey in 1757 strengthened British control of India (1725-1774)

(... is an instance of general) commander of the British forces in the American War of Independence; was defeated by American and French troops at Yorktown (1738-1805)

(... is an instance of general) English general and statesman who led the parliamentary army in the English Civil War (1599-1658)

(... is an instance of general) Roman statesman and general who built the Flaminian Way; died when he was defeated by Hannibal (died 217 BC)

(... is an instance of general) Spanish general whose armies took control of Spain in 1939 and who ruled as a dictator until his death (1892-1975)

(... is an instance of general) Italian patriot whose conquest of Sicily and Naples led to the formation of the Italian state (1807-1882)

(... is an instance of general) 18th President of the United States; commander of the Union armies in the American Civil War (1822-1885)

(... is an instance of general) United States general who served as military director of the atomic bomb project (1896-1970)

(... is an instance of general) general who commanded the Carthaginian army in the second Punic War; crossed the Alps and defeated the Romans but was recalled to defend Carthage and was defeated (247-182 BC)

(... is an instance of general) British marshal of the Royal Air Force; during World War II he directed mass bombing raids against German cities that resulted in heavy civilian casualties (1892-1984)

(... is an instance of general) general who commanded a Carthaginian army in Spain; joined his brother Hannibal in Italy and was killed by the Romans at the battle of Metaurus River (died 207 BC)

(... is an instance of general) Austrian general in the service of the Holy Roman Empire during the War of the Spanish Succession (1663-1736)

(... is an instance of general) United States general who supervised the invasion of Normandy and the defeat of Nazi Germany; 34th President of the United States (1890-1961)

(... is an instance of general) English general; son of George II; fought unsuccessfully in the battle of Fontenoy (1721-1765)

(... is an instance of general) United States general who was killed along with all his command by the Sioux at the Battle of Little Bighorn (1839-1876)

(... is an instance of general) Israeli general and statesman (1915-1981)

(... is an instance of general) French general and statesman who became very popular during World War II as the leader of the Free French forces in exile (1890-1970)

(... is an instance of general) son of Antigonus Cyclops and king of Macedonia; he and his father were defeated at the battle of Ipsus (337-283 BC)

(... is an instance of general) United States Air Force officer who electrified the world in 1942 by leading a squadron of 16 bombers on a daylight raid over Tokyo (1896-1993)

(... is an instance of general) British marshal of the RAF who commanded the British air defense forces that defeated the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain (1882-1970)

(... is an instance of general) United States general who commanded United States forces in Europe from 1945 to 1949 and who oversaw the Berlin airlift (1897-1978)

(general belongs to category ...) the military forces of a nation

"their military is the largest in the region" "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"

Definition 3: the head of a religious order or congregation - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for general in the sense of this definition

(general is a kind of ...) a person who is in charge

"the head of the whole operation"

Definition 4: command as a general - [verb of communication]

Samples where general or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We are generaled by an incompetent!

(general is a kind of ...) be in command of

"The general commanded a huge army"

Definition 5: applying to all or most members of a category or group - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where general or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the general public
  • general assistance
  • a general rule
  • in general terms
  • comprehensible to the general reader

(general is similar to ...) lacking fine distinctions or detail

"the gross details of the structure appear reasonable"

(general is similar to ...) widely circulated or diffused

"a widespread doctrine" "widespread fear of nuclear war"

(general is similar to ...) not detailed or specific

"a broad rule" "the broad outlines of the plan" "felt an unspecific dread"

(general is similar to ...) not limited in use or function

(general is similar to ...) applicable to an entire class or group

"is there a generic Asian mind?"

(general is similar to ...) applicable to or common to all members of a group or set

"the play opened to universal acclaim" "rap enjoys universal appeal among teenage boys"

(general is similar to ...) involving only main features

"the overall pattern of his life"

(general is similar to ...) existing everywhere

"pandemic fear of nuclear war"

(means also ...) not precise

"imprecise astronomical observations" "the terms he used were imprecise and emotional"

(means also ...) not specialized or modified for a particular purpose or function

(means also ...) not marked by fine distinctions

"indiscriminate reading habits" "an indiscriminate mixture of colors and styles"

(means also ...) including all or everything

"comprehensive coverage" "a comprehensive history of the revolution" "a comprehensive survey" "a comprehensive education"

(... are attributes of general) the quality of being general or widespread or having general applicability

Definition 6: affecting the entire body - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where general or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a general anesthetic
  • general symptoms

(general is similar to ...) affecting an entire system

"a systemic poison"

(general belongs to category ...) the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques

Definition 7: prevailing among and common to the general public - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where general or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the general discontent

(general is similar to ...) having no special distinction or quality; widely known or commonly encountered; average or ordinary or usual

"the common man" "a common sailor" "the common cold" "a common nuisance" "followed common procedure" "it is common knowledge that she lives alone" "the common housefly" "a common brand of soap"

Definition 8: of worldwide scope or applicability - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where general or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an issue of cosmopolitan import
  • the shrewdest political and ecumenical comment of our time
  • universal experience

Synonyms for general in the sense of this definition

(general is similar to ...) including all or everything

"comprehensive coverage" "a comprehensive history of the revolution" "a comprehensive survey" "a comprehensive education"

Definition 9: somewhat indefinite - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where general or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • bearing a general resemblance to the original
  • a general description of the merchandise

(general is similar to ...) not precise

"imprecise astronomical observations" "the terms he used were imprecise and emotional"

Definition 10: not specialized or limited to one class of things - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where general or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • general studies
  • general knowledge

(general is similar to ...) not diversified

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