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mainstream

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noun main·stream \ˈmān-ˌstrēm\

Definition of mainstream

  1. :  a prevailing current or direction of activity or influence

mainstream

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Circa 1585

First Known Use of mainstream

circa 1585


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mainstream

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verb main·stream \ˈmān-ˈstrēm\

Definition of mainstream

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to place (a student, such as a disabled child) in regular school classes

  3. 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.

1974

First Known Use of mainstream

1974


MAINSTREAM Defined for English Language Learners

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mainstream

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verb main·stream \ˈmān-ˈstrēm\

Definition of mainstream for English Language Learners

  • : 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

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adjective main·stream \ˌmān-ˌstrēm\

Medical Definition of mainstream

  1. :  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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