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mainstreamadjective

uk   us   /ˈmeɪn.striːm/
C2 considerednormal, and having or using ​ideas, ​beliefs, etc. that are ​accepted by most ​people: This is the director's first mainstream ​Hollywoodfilm.

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mainstreamnoun

uk   us   /ˈmeɪn.striːm/
the mainstream the way of ​life or set of ​beliefsaccepted by most ​people: The new ​law should ​allow more ​disabledpeople to ​enter the mainstream of American ​life.

mainstreamverb [T]

uk   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 ​largelyignored by the mainstream ​press.

mainstreamverb [T]

 us   /ˈmeɪnˌstrim/
to ​placechildren with ​specialneeds in ​regularclasses 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 ​disabledpeople 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   us   /ˈmeɪnstriːm/
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   us   /ˈmeɪnstriːm/
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 ​constitutionalchange. The new ​law should ​allow more ​disabledpeople to ​enter the mainstream of the American ​workforce.

mainstreamverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈmeɪnstriːm/
HR, SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY to ​includepeople 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 ​communityjobs.
to make something become ​accepted as ​normal by most ​people: The ​recession is mainstreaming the ​part-timeeconomy.
(Definition of mainstream from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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