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adverb uk   /ˈdʒen.ə r.əl.i/ us    /-ɚ-/
B2 considering the whole of someone or something, and not just a particular part of him, her, or it: Your health is generally good, but you do have a few minor problems. He wants more money to be given to the arts generally. I shall now develop my previous point 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 public transport.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 favourable reaction.
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