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English definition of “mainstream”


verb [T]     /ˈmeɪnstriːm/
HR, SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY to include people who have particular difficulties or needs in the same schools or places of work as everyone else : When the children of immigrants are mainstreamed, they learn the new language within months .mainstream sb into sth People with disabilities are being mainstreamed into community jobs .
to make something become accepted as normal by most people : The recession is mainstreaming the part-time economy .
(Definition of mainstream verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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