Definition of general-purpose in US English:



  • Having a range of potential uses; not specialized in function or design.

    ‘a general-purpose detergent’
    • ‘He has drawn misleading analogies about how the mind might be like a computer or a general-purpose learning device.’
    • ‘The prototype release includes a set of sample security policy configuration files designed to meet common, general-purpose security goals.’
    • ‘An appliance is a device that provides a limited, well-defined function as compared to a general-purpose computer that can provide any function.’
    • ‘Here, we present a general-purpose scheme that may be used as basic toolbox for straight-forward implementations of card games.’
    • ‘Some claim to be tools for safeguarding the public's privacy; others maintain that they add functionality to general-purpose hardware.’
    • ‘There are 16 general-purpose dogs, six drug dogs, four dogs trained to sniff out explosives, four to track down firearms and a passive drug dog, which screens people for drugs.’
    • ‘Look around and you'll find general-purpose buckets as well as buckets made specifically for digging dirt or sand or rock, cleaning ditches, or grading slopes.’
    • ‘As currently drafted, he believes that would include general-purpose computers.’
    • ‘Your experience is certainly true for the large, general-purpose hospitals.’
    • ‘Solutions might include expanding into cabins or general-purpose areas to isolate sick campers from their healthy cabin mates.’
    • ‘That is not to say general-purpose functionality and real-time determinism cannot be achieved simultaneously.’
    • ‘That means that we'll have a law that will require an entire class of general-purpose technologies to use only obfuscated, closed-source drivers.’
    • ‘Last June, an extension was built on to the new 33-student school, providing an office, kitchen, general-purpose room and an extra classroom.’
    • ‘In fairness, it's important to stress that general-purpose processors were designed for application-related computing.’
    • ‘They make up the profitable majority of the 144 million Americans who have general-purpose credit cards.’
    • ‘In other words, general-purpose technology can be used for general purposes - good and ill.’
    • ‘More and more, as the house gets closer to being ready to market, I'm having to subordinate my own activities and time to those of a general-purpose gofer.’
    • ‘Almost all programs use general-purpose function libraries that come with compilers.’
    • ‘There are lots of other possible outcomes, like serious damage to the rights to build general-purpose tools and so on, which I'm very concerned about.’
    • ‘Up to 1884, the Old Bailey was a general-purpose criminal court for London and Middlesex.’



/ˈdʒɛn(ə)rəl ˈpərpəs//ˈjen(ə)rəl ˈpərpəs/