Definition of general election in US English:

general election

noun

  • 1A regular election of candidates for office, as opposed to a primary election.

    • ‘Anyone who votes for this act should not deserve our votes in the general election.’
    • ‘Moreover, new members are now eligible to be nominated to run in general elections or party polls instead of having to wait for between two to five years.’
    • ‘In each of the last two cycles, stability prevailed, with only six House incumbents losing general elections.’
    • ‘Following the April general elections, three election petitions were filed in the Supreme Court here.’
    • ‘In the past the Liberals had made breakthroughs at by-elections and in gaining a large number of votes in general elections.’
    • ‘It was agreed that the next presidential election would be a general election.’
    • ‘A record number of people are expected to cast postal votes in the May general election.’
    • ‘Now we are likely to be saddled with not only a presidential election, but a general election as well.’
    • ‘It was a first for pictures to be placed on the ballot papers in a general election.’
    • ‘Some residents lost their identity documents which they will need to cast their votes in the upcoming general elections.’
    • ‘It has superintended two general elections, two municipal elections and numerous by-elections.’
    • ‘Presidential general elections and primary elections need not be an instantaneous public interest poll.’
    • ‘The ruling comes as record numbers of electors are applying for postal votes ahead of the general election.’
    • ‘In the UK this is achieved, for example, by the right to vote in general elections to parliament, which must take place at least once in every five years.’
    • ‘This is his home town, and it will become part of his constituency at the next general election.’
    • ‘This restored the initiative to the Liberals and enabled them to retain their working-class vote in two general elections in 1910.’
    • ‘These people also have the right to vote in Irish general elections.’
    • ‘Weeks of political campaigning comes to an end today as voters across the country go to the polls in the general election.’
    • ‘Up to 7 million people have applied for a postal vote for the coming general election.’
    • ‘The people who did not vote at the general election last year are not apathetic.’
    ballot, poll, election, referendum, plebiscite, public vote, local election, popular vote, straw poll, show of hands
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    1. 1.1 A regular election for statewide or national offices.

Pronunciation

general election

/ˈdʒɛn(ə)rəl əˈlɛkʃən/