Definition of generally in US English:

generally

adverb

  • 1sentence adverb In most cases; usually.

    ‘the term of a lease is generally 99 years’
    • ‘Over a normal seven-day week it generally receives up to five million customers.’
    • ‘This is attitude is generally welcomed as a form of enlightened tolerance.’
    • ‘We did not usually stock shoes, seeing as they generally had to be custom-made to fit the wearer.’
    • ‘This sort of behaviour is common in the elderly and the young and generally causes no harm.’
    • ‘We generally celebrate our birthdays quietly, without much fuss or fancy goings-on.’
    • ‘How do you generally spend the twenty minutes or so before you nod off?’
    • ‘Women generally tend to form a group and try to stick together during the travel.’
    • ‘That was generally the point where we considered it was safe enough to move him up to bed without disturbing his sleep.’
    • ‘Customers in Britain generally get a good deal for their money when it comes to car insurance.’
    • ‘In an ordinary case it is generally said you judge it by the action of the man in the street.’
    • ‘The extraction of teeth is a commonly performed and generally safe procedure.’
    • ‘A person with normal hearing can generally separate the speech from the background sounds.’
    • ‘This is because men generally start parenting later in life and women have a longer life span.’
    • ‘These are normally much smaller and generally caught on meat or fish baits.’
    • ‘There were arguments like in any other normal marriage but we generally got on with each other.’
    • ‘It is a routine and generally safe procedure, but all surgery does carry some element of risk.’
    • ‘The bus station is pretty well lit, and there are generally people around.’
    • ‘The leaked document generally uses one of three reasons for denying requests for certain pieces of text.’
    • ‘Do extras generally get to eat the same meals as the rest of the cast and crew?’
    • ‘It's generally good to take risks; if they don't destroy you, they make you stronger.’
    usually, traditionally, normally, as a rule, conventionally, in the ordinary way, ordinarily, commonly
    normally, in general, as a rule, as a general rule, in the general run of things, by and large, more often than not, almost always, in the main, mainly, mostly, for the most part, in most cases, most of the time, predominantly, on the whole
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  • 2In general terms; without regard to particulars or exceptions.

    ‘a decade when France was moving generally to the left’
    • ‘She was horrified by the repetition and was generally not happy with it.’
    • ‘As stated above, generally speaking, necessity is a broader heading than duress.’
    • ‘So far we have been looking at media rather generally in terms of communication options.’
    • ‘I know they vary over the long term but that is generally a decline over years.’
    • ‘The street will follow the line of a national cycle route and will generally be narrower than a normal road.’
    • ‘A customer survey launched last August has brought a generally positive response.’
    • ‘His letters are also generally free of the standard evocations of God and his will.’
    • ‘She would answer telephones, make calls to customers and generally act in the same way as an employee.’
    • ‘However, generally speaking the standard of driving in the area is very good.’
    • ‘His hearing, vision and mobility are normal and he is generally healthy and not on any medication.’
    • ‘The ground is generally decent and usually provides a good jumping surface.’
    • ‘Western intellectuals are generally shifting to the left, certainly on these questions.’
    • ‘Monday too turned out to be a generally sunny day and so too was Tuesday, as this picture shows.’
    • ‘They were slipping around on the cobble-stones and generally looking wretched.’
    • ‘So I ate it, and raved about it, and got it all over my keyboard, and was generally happy.’
    • ‘The gameplay itself is generally pretty good, but a little too similar to the first game.’
    • ‘The standard of golf was generally very high, so to come away with fifth is not a disgrace.’
    • ‘There is, generally speaking, no single piece of information in a signal or structure.’
    • ‘Nor, generally speaking, will the customer's bank be in breach of its duty of performance.’
    • ‘Their history has generally been one of dramatic change over hundreds of years.’
    normally, in general, as a rule, as a general rule, in the general run of things, by and large, more often than not, almost always, in the main, mainly, mostly, for the most part, in most cases, most of the time, predominantly, on the whole
    overall, in general terms, in a general sense, generally speaking, altogether, all in all, broadly, on average, principally, basically, substantially, effectively
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  • 3Widely.

    ‘the best scheme is generally reckoned to be the Canadian one’
    • ‘In the USA black puddings are not generally popular, but are eaten by some ethnic groups.’
    • ‘It is generally agreed that other schemes that can be used to shelter property will not survive.’
    • ‘It was generally agreed that children could to a good extent influence the elders.’
    • ‘They remain popular, and are now generally regarded as a Scottish speciality.’
    • ‘He is generally regarded in the area as the person to go to if anyone needs help, but he was modest about what he does.’
    • ‘The document is generally regarded as marking the beginning of the town as it is today.’
    • ‘Now, it is generally accepted that the actions of the government at that time were wrong.’
    • ‘He is said to have a gift for storytelling, and is generally regarded as a serious person.’
    • ‘There is no generally accepted comprehensive definition of a portolan chart.’
    • ‘While the present system is not perfect, it is generally regarded as robust and fair.’
    widely, commonly, extensively, comprehensively, universally, popularly
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Pronunciation

generally

/ˈjen(ə)rəlē//ˈdʒɛn(ə)rəli/