Simple Definition of usual
: done, found, or used most of the time or in most cases : normal or regular
Full Definition of usual
: in the accustomed or habitual way <as usual they were late>
Examples of usual in a sentence
She charges less than the usual fee.
He took his usual route to work.
the usual method for preparing chili
She is not my usual doctor.
It's usual to charge a fee for delivery.
It's not usual for him to get home so late.
Origin of usual
Middle English, from Anglo-French usuel, from Late Latin usualis, from Latin usus use
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of usual
Definition of usual
: something usual
First Known Use of usual
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Definition of usual for Students
: done, found, used, or existing most of the time <This is the usual state of the house.>
Word Root of usual
The Latin word ūtī, meaning “to use,” “to possess,” or “to enjoy,” and its form ūsus give us the roots ut and us. Words from the Latin ūtī have something to do with use. To use is to possess and enjoy. To abuse is to use something incorrectly or unfairly. Anything usual is commonly used by many people. A utensil is a tool that is used for a particular purpose, especially for eating or cooking.
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