generally

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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

Examples of generally in a Sentence

  1. He talked generally about his plans.

  2. I had a generally good day.

  3. It generally takes about a month for the shipment to arrive.

  4. When stocks are up, bonds are generally down.

  5. This town is generally regarded as a good place to raise kids.

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First Known Use of generally

14th century



GENERALLY Defined for English Language Learners

generally

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Definition of generally for English Language Learners

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

  • : in most cases

  • : by or to most people


GENERALLY Defined for Kids

generally

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

Definition of generally for Students

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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