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mainstream

noun main·stream \ ˈmān-ˌstrēm \
Updated on: 21 Apr 2018
: a prevailing current or direction of activity or influence

mainstream

adjective

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First Known Use of mainstream

circa 1585

in the meaning defined above

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mainstream

verb main·stream \ ˈmān-ˈstrēm \
1 : to place (a student, such as a disabled child) in regular school classes
2 : to incorporate in the mainstream

Examples of mainstream in a Sentence

  1. The poor should be mainstreamed into the private health-insurance system.

  2. Ideas that were once controversial have now become mainstreamed.

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First Known Use of mainstream

1974

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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MAINSTREAM Defined for English Language Learners

mainstream

  • : to place (a child with special educational needs) in regular school classes

  • : to cause (someone or something) to be included in or accepted by the group that includes most people


Medical Dictionary

mainstream

adjective main·stream \ ˌmān-ˌstrēm \
: relating to or being tobacco smoke that is drawn (as from a cigarette) directly into the mouth of the smoker and is usually inhaled into the lungs — compare sidestream


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