Can someone please clarify if the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary uses General American English accent?

I assume it uses General American English accent which is the accent I am learning. But nowhere do they confirm that and I am confused. They only say "American English". Should I keep using their pronunciation transcriptions

Here's the link to the dictionary I am referring https://www.oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com/us/definition/american_english/

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    Accent and pronunciation are not synonymous, but if a dictionary is titled American English it's safe to presume the system they use to transcribe pronunciation will be Standard American. NB The red stereo speaker symbol is AmEng
    – Mari-Lou A
    Feb 4 at 8:38
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    They're certainly trying to give General American pronunciations. One drawback of this dictionary is that they only ever give one American pronunciation, while some words might have two perfectly acceptable pronunciations in General American. For example, does bog rhyme with dog or with cog? Feb 4 at 12:32
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    You're right; I was looking at their general dictionary (where they only give one American pronunciation for bog and ration, but two pronunciations for envelope). If you actually look in their American dictionary, they do give two pronunciations for most words that have two, although for some reason they only give one for vapid. Feb 4 at 12:59
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    There's really only one standard U.S. pronunciation that you would find in dictionaries, and that's General American. Further, they distinguish between the vowels of cloth and clot, and they pronounce pen with the vowel of pet, which eliminates West Coast, Canadian, and Southern dialects. Feb 4 at 13:44
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    @Yosef Baskin: the vowels of General American more or less correspond to the Midwestern vowels. There are a number of grammatical constructions and specific pronunciations of various words that are common in the Midwest (like warsh for wash) that are not considered General American. Feb 6 at 3:42


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