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For the most part; chiefly.


1. for the most part; to the greatest extent; principally
2. obsolete strongly; very much


(ˈmeɪn li)

for the most part; chiefly.


1. 'generally'

Generally means 'usually', 'in most cases', or 'on the whole'.

Paperback books are generally cheapest.
His answer was generally correct.
2. 'mainly'

Don't use generally to say that something is true about most of something, or about most of the people or things in a group. Use mainly.

The bedroom is mainly blue.
The people in the audience were mainly from Senegal or Mali.
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Adv.1.mainly - for the most part; "he is mainly interested in butterflies"


إِلَىَ حَدٍ كَبِيرٍبِصورَةٍ رَئيسيَّه
principalementsurtouttout d’abordd’abord
predvsemv glavnem
başlıcadaha çok
chủ yếu


[ˈmeɪnlɪ] ADV
1. (= fundamentally) → principalmente, fundamentalmente; (= for the greater part) → mayormente, principalmente
they have stayed together mainly because of their childrenhan seguido juntos principalmente or fundamentalmente por sus hijos
he lives mainly in Parisvive mayormente or principalmente en París
it was mainly his ideafue mayormente or principalmente idea suya
2. (= in the majority) → en su mayoría, en su mayor parte
her customers are mainly womensus clientes son en su mayoría or en su mayor parte mujeres


[ˈmeɪnli] advprincipalement, surtoutmain man n (US)meilleur pote mmain memory n (COMPUTING)mémoire f centralemain office nsiège mmain road ngrande route f
I don't like cycling on main roads → Je n'aime pas faire du vélo sur les grandes routes.


advhauptsächlich, in erster Linie; the meetings are held mainly on Tuesdaysdie Besprechungen finden meistens dienstags statt; the climate is mainly wetdas Klima ist vorwiegend or überwiegend feucht


[ˈmeɪnlɪ] advprincipalmente, soprattutto


(mein) adjective
chief, principal or most important. the main purpose; the main character in the story.
(also mains) the chief pipe or cable in a branching system of pipes or cables. The water's been turned off at the main(s); (also adjective) the mains electricity supply.
ˈmainly adverb
more (of) the thing mentioned than anything else; mostly or largely. This skirt is mainly dark grey.
ˈmainland noun
a large piece of land as compared with neighbouring islands. Britain is not part of the mainland of Europe.
ˈmainspring noun
the chief spring, especially the spring that causes the wheels to move in a watch or clock.
ˈmainstream noun
the chief direction or trend of a system of theories, developments etc. the mainstream of traditional art.


إِلَىَ حَدٍ كَبِيرٍ hlavně hovedsaglig hauptsächlich κυρίως principalmente lähinnä principalement uglavnom principalmente 主に 주로 voornamelijk hovedsakelig głównie principalmente главным образом huvudsakligen โดยส่วนใหญ่ başlıca chủ yếu 大体上
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Tis a long and melancholy tradition, and one I little like to think of; for it is not to be denied that the evil has been mainly done by men with white skins.
On the contrary, it seemed, that mainly at Steelkilt's instigation, they had resolved to maintain the strictest peacefulness, obey all orders to the last, and, when the ship reached port, desert her in a body.
As the external difference between them is mainly observable in their heads; and as a head of each is this moment hanging from the Pequod's side; and as we may freely go from one to the other, by merely stepping across the deck: --where, I should like to know, will you obtain a better chance to study practical cetology than here?
Jurgis was saved from all this--partly, to be sure, because it was pleasant weather, and there was no need to be indoors; but mainly because he carried with him always the pitiful little face of his wife.
She was more diligent in teaching Topsy,--taught her mainly from the Bible,--did not any longer shrink from her touch, or manifest an ill-repressed disgust, because she felt none.
The mass of men serve the state thus, not as men mainly, but as machines, with their bodies.
The road was mainly a winding path with hoof-prints in it, and now and then a faint trace of wheels on either side in the grass -- wheels that apparently had a tire as broad as one's hand.
Potter has no imagination, and no great deal of culture, perhaps, but he has a historical mind and a good memory, and so he is the person I depend upon mainly to post me up when I get back from a scout.
People laugh at it mainly because they think the student is so covered up with armor that he cannot be hurt.
There was things which he stretched, but mainly he told the truth.
The master gave her none, for one of his speculations was in jeopardy, and his mind was so occupied that he hardly saw the children when he looked at them, and all Roxy had to do was to get them both into a gale of laughter when he came about; then their faces were mainly cavities exposing gums, and he was gone again before the spasm passed and the little creatures resumed a human aspect.
Although my book is intended mainly for the en- tertainment of boys and girls, I hope it will not be shunned by men and women on that account, for part of my plan has been to try to pleasantly remind adults of what they once were themselves, and of how they felt and thought and talked, and what queer enterprises they sometimes engaged in.