Meaning of “mainstream” in the English Dictionary

"mainstream" in British English

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mainstreamadjective

uk /ˈmeɪn.striːm/ us /ˈmeɪn.striːm/

mainstreamnoun

uk /ˈmeɪn.striːm/ us /ˈmeɪn.striːm/

mainstreamverb [ T ]

uk /ˈmeɪn.striːm/ us /ˈmeɪn.striːm/ US

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

"mainstream" in American English

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mainstreamadjective

us /ˈmeɪnˌstrim/

(of beliefs or behavior) common and shared by most people, or representing such beliefs or behavior:

The story was largely ignored by the mainstream press.

mainstreamverb [ T ]

us /ˈmeɪnˌstrim/

to place children with special needs in regular classes at school:

The district was ordered to mainstream more children with disabilities.

mainstreamnoun [ U ]

us /ˈmeɪnˌstrim/

most of a society:

New laws will allow more disabled people to enter the mainstream.

(Definition of “mainstream” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"mainstream" in Business English

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mainstreamadjective

uk /ˈmeɪnstriːm/ us

mainstream organizations, ideas, etc. are those that are considered normal, and accepted or used by most people:

mainstream media/press Mainstream media are ignoring the real problems.
mainstream culture/politics/society Cell phones have been a part of mainstream culture since the 1990s.
mainstream education/school It should be possible to include children with behavioural problems within mainstream education.

mainstreamnoun [ S ]

uk /ˈmeɪnstriːm/ us

the way of life or set of beliefs practised or accepted by most people:

cultural/political mainstream Our nation's political mainstream will never allow such a constitutional change.
The new law should allow more disabled people to enter the mainstream of the American workforce.

mainstreamverb [ T ]

uk /ˈmeɪnstriːm/ us

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” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)