generally

adverb
gen·​er·​al·​ly | \ ˈjen-rə-lē How to pronounce generally (audio) , 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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On Monday, shares of oil producers surged, naturally, while stocks in airline, cruise and retail companies generally fell. Washington Post, "US economy could shrug off oil prices if disruption is brief," 17 Sep. 2019 Many products contain food additives that are generally considered to be safe ... as food additives. NBC News, "Vaping 101: What to know about e-cigs, addiction and illnesses," 17 Sep. 2019 The neons and blues of planet Promethea's urban guerrilla warfare provide a welcome change from the brown and gray desert environments Borderlands is generally known for (Pre-Sequel also showed a lot of promise on this score). Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Borderlands 3 is a lot more Borderlands, in ways both good and bad," 17 Sep. 2019 Bankruptcy proceedings are generally designed to bring anyone who has or may have a claim in to court, Gluck adds. Sanya Mansoor, Time, "Purdue Pharma Responds to Wave of Opioids Litigation by Filing for Bankruptcy. What Happens Now?," 17 Sep. 2019 This could lead to ponding on the roads, high water areas across streets and freeways and generally hazardous driving conditions. oregonlive, "Portland metro Tuesday traffic: Time to get your vehicle ready for the rainy season," 17 Sep. 2019 What this means for Trump's overarching attitude toward Israel, the Palestinians and his Middle East policy more generally is not clear. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "It's Israel's election but here's why Donald Trump is the 'King of Israel'," 16 Sep. 2019 There also have been generally good reports from the early goose season, which started Sept. 1 and ends Sunday. John Myers, Twin Cities, "Outlook for Minnesota duck season: pretty good," 15 Sep. 2019 Yard maintenance: The work involved generally includes lawn mowing, edging, weeding flower beds, treating for insect disease, weed control, trimming shrubs, irrigation system checks, mulching, fertilizing and plant maintenance. Leah Napoliello, Houston Chronicle, "BBB on Homes: Hire a contractor for fall season yard spruce-up," 14 Sep. 2019

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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 How to pronounce generally (audio) , 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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