mainstream

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main +‎ stream

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mainstream (comparative more mainstream, superlative most mainstream)

  1. Used or accepted broadly rather than by a tiny fraction of a population or market.
    They often carry stories you won't find in the mainstream media.

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mainstream (uncountable)

  1. (usually with the) That which is common; the norm.
    His ideas were well outside the mainstream, but he presented them intelligently, and we were impressed if not convinced.

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mainstream (third-person singular simple present mainstreams, present participle mainstreaming, simple past and past participle mainstreamed)

  1. (transitive) To educate (a disabled student) together with non-disabled students.
    Mainstreaming has become more common in recent years, as studies have shown that many mainstreamed students with mild learning disabilities learn better than their non-mainstreamed counterparts.
  2. (transitive) To popularize, to normalize, to render mainstream.