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main·stream

mainstream

 
 
pronunciation:
meIn strim
parts of speech:
noun, adjective, transitive verb
features:
Word Combinations (noun, adjective)
part of speech: noun
definition: the principal or dominant direction or trend of a human activity, thought, or movement.
She is an innovator, and her creations have always differed greatly from those of the mainstream.
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part of speech: adjective
definition: sharing, agreeing with, or shaped by the prevailing trends and opinions of a group or society.
He was somewhat of a radical thinker in his youth, but his ideas have become more mainstream in recent years.The big radio stations play fairly mainstream music.
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part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to integrate or prepare for integration into the prevailing, dominant, or majority group, esp. the integration of disabled or otherwise disadvantaged persons into regular school classes, jobs, and the like.
Many students who used to be in special classes are now being mainstreamed.