cus·​tom·​ary | \ ˈkə-stə-ˌmer-ē How to pronounce customary (audio) , -ˌme-rē\

Definition of customary

1 : commonly practiced, used, or observed customary acts of courtesy his customary enthusiasm
2 : based on or established by custom customary laws

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Other Words from customary

customarily \ ˌkə-​stə-​ˈmer-​ə-​lē How to pronounce customarily (audio) , -​ˈme-​rə-​ \ adverb
customariness \ ˈkə-​stə-​ˌmer-​ē-​nəs How to pronounce customariness (audio) , -​ˌme-​rē-​ \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for customary

usual, customary, habitual, wonted, accustomed mean familiar through frequent or regular repetition. usual stresses the absence of strangeness or unexpectedness. my usual order for lunch customary applies to what accords with the practices, conventions, or usages of an individual or community. the customary waiting period before the application is approved habitual suggests a practice settled or established by much repetition. a habitual morning routine wonted stresses habituation but usually applies to what is favored, sought, or purposefully cultivated. his wonted determination accustomed is less emphatic than wonted or habitual in suggesting fixed habit or invariable custom. accepted the compliment with her accustomed modesty

Examples of customary in a Sentence

He forgot the customary “thank you.” It is customary to hold the door open for someone who is entering a building behind you. She dressed in her customary fashion. He did the work with his customary efficiency.
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Again, this should occur in the customary sequence for multiple fasteners. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "How to Use a Torque Wrench to Keep Your Car from Flying Apart," 26 Feb. 2019 Boone said Gregorius would be back in the lineup Monday night in Texas against the Rangers but would not commit to batting him third in the lineup, his customary spot. Pat Borzi, New York Times, "Yankees Rout Royals Behind Sonny Gray’s Gem and a Rash of Homers," 20 May 2018 Its completion is subject to customary conditions, including the approval of Tropicana shareholders, Icahn Enterprises said in a regulatory filing. Fortune, "Icahn Will Sell Tropicana Casinos in $1.85 Billion Deal," 16 Apr. 2018 The merger is subject to customary closing conditions. William Thornton,, "Birmingham-based bank expanding into Florida," 22 Mar. 2018 As is customary for North Korea, few details and no VIP guest list were announced in advance. Eric Talmadge, Fox News, "As talks with US stall, North Korea preps military parade," 6 Sep. 2018 In keeping with Scott’s customary friendliness, the staging also features enclaves where visitors can sprawl out on beanbags and watch clips from his runway shows. Maya Singer, Vogue, "Viva Jeremy Scott! The Designer’s Retrospective Opens at the Dallas Retrospective," 27 Jan. 2019 Mark Wilson/Getty Images President George H.W. Bush, who died on Friday at age 94, will be honored with a state funeral this week, as is customary for former heads of state. Rachel Withers, Vox, "George H.W. Bush’s state funeral arrangements: what we know," 3 Dec. 2018 The scene was standard: As is customary for presidents and First Ladies, the Trumps shook hands and posed for a photo with Putin before the summit began. Devon Elizabeth, Glamour, "Melania Trump's Facial Expression After Meeting Putin Sparks Twitter Reactions," 18 July 2018

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First Known Use of customary

1552, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for customary

see custom entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of customary

: usually done in a particular situation or at a particular place or time
: usual or typical of a particular person


cus·​tom·​ary | \ ˈkə-stə-ˌmer-ē How to pronounce customary (audio) \

Kids Definition of customary

1 : usual in a particular situation or at a particular place or time Throwing a … net was the customary method of capture.— Carl Hiaasen, Hoot
2 : typical of a particular person She answered with her customary cheerfulness.

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