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adjective general pronunciation in British English /ˈdʒen(ə)rəl/
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  1. 1
    not specific, exact, or detailed
    Could you just give us a general description of the work you do?
    Her predictions are so general that they could apply to anybody.
    in general terms: We are prepared to discuss the deal in general terms, but the details are confidential.
    general idea: I’m probably not making myself very clear, but you get the general idea.
  2. 2
    true for most people, things, or situations, or affecting most of them
    There was general agreement at the meeting that the plan was too expensive.
    The fighting could escalate into a more general war.
    Family planning has now become general throughout society.
    It’s in the general interest that we should have a well-run health service.
    as a general rule: As a general rule, shorter sentences are easier to understand.
  3. 3
    [only before noun] used for describing the whole of something, without considering the details
    I get the general impression that they aren’t very happy.
    He has this general attitude of superiority toward his colleagues.
    Your general physical condition seems remarkably good.
  4. 4
    dealing with all areas of a subject or activity, rather than concentrating on a particular area
    a good general introduction to linguistics
    the general reader/viewer (=someone who is not an expert): science programmes that are accessible to the general viewer
    general contractor/insurer/labourer (=someone who deals with all types of work): The building and plumbing work will be done by a general contractor.
  5. 5
    used, especially in job titles, for saying that someone is responsible for the whole of something
    general manager/secretary: Peter Klimt is the new European general manager.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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