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Meaning of “generally” in the English Dictionary

"generally" in British English

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generallyadverb

uk   /ˈdʒen.ə r.əl.i/  us   /-ɚ-/
B2 considering the ​whole of someone or something, and not just a ​particularpart of him, her, or it: Your ​health is generally good, but you do have a few ​minorproblems. He ​wants more ​money to be given to the ​arts generally. I shall now ​develop my ​previouspoint more generally (= to say more about what it ​includes).B1 usually, or in most ​situations: The ​baby generally ​wakes up three ​times during the ​night. Well, generally speaking (= in most ​situations), it's ​quicker on ​publictransport.B2 by most ​people, or to most ​people: It was generally ​believed at the ​time that both men were ​guilty. The ​proposal has ​received a generally ​favourablereaction.

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(Definition of generally from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"generally" in American English

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generallyadverb

 us   /ˈdʒen·rə·li, -ə·rə·li/
in a way that ​includes most ​people, things, or ​conditions, or most of the ​time: It was generally ​believed at the ​time that both men were ​guilty. The ​baby generally (= usually)wakes up ​twice during the ​night.
(Definition of generally from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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