generally

adverb
gen·​er·​al·​ly | \ ˈjen-rə-lē, ˈje-nə-, ˈje-nər-lē\

Definition of generally

: in a general manner: such as
a : in disregard of specific instances and with regard to an overall picture generally speaking
b : as a rule : usually

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Examples of generally in a Sentence

He talked generally about his plans. I had a generally good day. It generally takes about a month for the shipment to arrive. When stocks are up, bonds are generally down. This town is generally regarded as a good place to raise kids.
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Another favorite in the Raku strip mall is tiny Kabuto, whose seats run only in the double digits and generally has only two seatings per night, reservation only, for its omakase menu. Andrea Bennett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where Las Vegas' Celebrity Chefs Eat Late at Night," 1 Oct. 2018 But the arrival of SpaceX during the last decade combined with Blue Origin's recent large rocket engine have led to a new era of competition and private investment generally known as new space. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Amazon’s Jeff Bezos will now sell rocket engines, too," 27 Sep. 2018 According to video clips that have since made the rounds on social media, the Obamas were singing along, dancing, and generally having a blast. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Barack and Michelle Obama Attend Beyoncé and Jay-Z Concert in Maryland," 29 July 2018 The outside is generally brick, but the flue—the interior column—is typically made of clay tile. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "So You Want To Fix Your Chimney," 21 Dec. 2018 Most major chains will operate on Christmas Eve, even though it's generally recognized as a bank holiday too. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Here's What It Means That Christmas Eve Is a Federal Holiday This Year," 21 Dec. 2018 Bishop Curry's sermon was not just a pean to the love between Harry and Meghan—or even love between couples more generally—but a call to action that love must be the answer to the world's ills. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "Who Is Bishop Michael Curry?," 5 Dec. 2018 Democrats are generally in favor, but Sununu has been ardently opposed. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Democratic wins in these 9 states will have seismic policy consequences," 9 Nov. 2018 Low users are generally in good health and rarely go to the doctor. Liz Weston, The Seattle Times, "Liz Weston: How to save money on health care," 22 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of generally

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of generally was in the 14th century

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generally

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of generally

: in a general way : in a way that is not detailed or specific

: in most cases

: by or to most people

generally

adverb
gen·​er·​al·​ly | \ ˈje-nə-rə-lē, ˈjen-rə-\

Kids Definition of generally

1 : for the most part Generally speaking, I don't enjoy horror movies.
2 : in most cases : usually I anchored out near the ledge of rocks where I generally fish.— Oliver Butterworth, The Enormous Egg

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