regular

adjective
reg·​u·​lar | \ ˈre-gyə-lər How to pronounce regular (audio) , ˈre-g(ə-)lər also ˈrā-\

Definition of regular

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : constituted, conducted, scheduled, or done in conformity with established or prescribed usages, rules, or discipline
2a : recurring, attending, or functioning at fixed, uniform, or normal intervals a regular income a regular churchgoer regular bowel movements
b : orderly, methodical regular habits
3a : formed, built, arranged, or ordered according to some established rule, law, principle, or type
b(1) : both equilateral and equiangular a regular polygon
(2) : having faces that are congruent regular polygons and all the polyhedral angles congruent a regular polyhedron
c of a flower : having the arrangement of floral parts exhibiting radial symmetry with members of the same whorl similar in form
4a : normal, standard: such as
(1) : absolute, complete a regular fool the office seemed like a regular madhouse
(2) : thinking or behaving in an acceptable, normal, or agreeable manner was a regular guy
b(1) : conforming to the normal or usual manner of inflection
(2) : weak sense 7
c of a postage stamp : issued in large numbers over a long period for general use in prepayment of postage
5 : of, relating to, or constituting the permanent standing military force of a state the regular army regular soldiers
6 : belonging to a religious order

regular

noun

Definition of regular (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : one who is regular: such as
a : one who is usually present or participating especially : a long-standing regular customer
b : one who can be trusted or depended on a party regular
c : a player on an athletic team who usually starts every game
d : one of the regular clergy
e : a soldier in a regular army
2 : something of average or medium size especially : a clothing size designed to fit a person of average height

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Synonyms & Antonyms for regular

Synonyms: Adjective

constant, frequent, habitual, periodic, periodical, repeated, steady

Synonyms: Noun

dogface, fighter, legionary, legionnaire, man-at-arms, serviceman, soldier, trooper, warrior

Antonyms: Adjective

inconstant, infrequent, irregular

Antonyms: Noun

civilian

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Adjective

regular, normal, typical, natural mean being of the sort or kind that is expected as usual, ordinary, or average. regular stresses conformity to a rule, standard, or pattern. the club's regular monthly meeting normal implies lack of deviation from what has been discovered or established as the most usual or expected. normal behavior for a two-year-old typical implies showing all important traits of a type, class, or group and may suggest lack of strong individuality. a typical small town natural applies to what conforms to a thing's essential nature, function, or mode of being. the natural love of a mother for her child

Adjective

regular, normal, and typical mean being of the sort that is considered to be usual, ordinary, or average. regular is used of something that follows a rule, standard, or pattern. The team has regular afternoon practice. normal is used of something that does not vary from what is the most usual or expected. That's normal behavior for a two-year-old. typical is used of something that shows all the important characteristics of a type or group. Ours is a typical small town.

Examples of regular in a Sentence

Adjective

Most days she follows a regular routine. The town holds regular meetings. five regular payments of $100 We made regular use of the pool. Getting regular exercise is important. Exercise has become a regular part of my lifestyle. He is a regular contributor to the magazine. The seedlings were planted in regular rows. The wallpaper has a regular pattern of stripes.

Noun

They are regulars at the bar. He is a regular on the television show. the regulars on a baseball team “What kind of gas do you put in your car?” “I use regular.” We'll have one large soda and two regulars.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Unlike regular homes, these lots can’t be built on subdivisions. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Everything You Should Know About Modular Homes Before Buying One," 30 May 2019 Look closely and Harber’s magic becomes apparent: rippling across the water at regular intervals (and controlled by robotics) are small gold-and-black petals reminiscent of autumn leaves. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "The Top 5 Takeaways from the 2019 Chelsea Flower Show," 23 May 2019 Getty Images Ciara, my sis in my head, stuns on the regular. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "I Live for Ciara's Larger Than Life Afro at the 2019 Met Gala," 7 May 2019 Other lawmakers questioned whether regular people know how much data Google can collect about them and how to stop being tracked. Michael Liedtke, The Seattle Times, "Google grilled in Congress: What’s ahead for tech companies," 12 Dec. 2018 Atoms arrange themselves in regular patterns that do not follow fractal rules. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Fractal structure produces fractal electrons with fractal energies," 2 Dec. 2018 And, like so many other famous faces, hers enjoys a regular application of Crème de La Mer, which is available in six jar sizes ranging in price from $85 to — brace yourself — $2,160. Marci Robin, Allure, "Kris Jenner's Three Favorite Face Creams Include a "Top Secret" Moisturizer," 3 May 2019 Working during this collection of unseen hours is their duty, a regular occurrence. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Inside FedEx’s Christmas Miracle," 19 Dec. 2018 The stock closed the day’s regular trading session down 0.7% at 64.6 cents a share. Tatyana Shumsky, WSJ, "Pier 1 Imports Fills CFO Seat With Restructuring Expert," 17 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Fair and Square-ish Narrow, just walking the line of micro, this rectangular shape once loved by supermodels and red carpet regulars in the ’90s is back. Madeline Swanson, Vogue, "Throw Some Shade With Summer’s Best Sunglasses Trends," 21 May 2019 Cynthia Nixon, running for Governor of New York, was there; organizers and staff in their purple T-shirts; a few regulars who had headed to their usual billiards bar to find a historic celebration. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Knock Down the House Reminds Us that AOC's Triumph Almost Wasn't," 3 May 2019 Back then, although the backpackers and cheap-package tourists would often end up in Kuta on the south coast, island regulars would head inland to Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali. Gisela Williams, WSJ, "The Bali That’s Worth the Trek," 5 Apr. 2019 Thanks to this week's host Laura Dannen Redman, along with Travelogue regulars Alex Postman and Megan Spurrell, for dissecting the most exciting places to visit in 2019. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where We're Going in 2019: Travelogue Podcast," 8 Dec. 2018 Jurgen Klopp has put a lot of faith in Liverpool's youth since arriving at the club, making Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez first team regulars under his regime. SI.com, "Liverpool Looking to Bolster Academy Options With Signing of Ajax Defender Ki-Jana Hoever," 4 July 2018 The All of My Heart stars and Hallmark channel regulars have officially graduated to the Hallmark Movies & Mystery network for their latest project—a brand-spankin'-new suspense series. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Hallmark Just Announced a New Mystery Movie Series Starring Lacey Chabert," 10 Mar. 2019 Will and Kate have become regulars on the BAFTAs red carpet in recent years. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Wears Stunning One-Shoulder, White Gown to the 2019 BAFTAs," 10 Feb. 2019 Hall-of-Fame inductee Ray Allen, Rip Hamilton, Khalid El-Amin, Rudy Gay, Kemba Walker, Shabazz Napier, Jeremy Lamb, Emeka Okafor and Ryan Boatright are among those who have become regulars in the every-other-year event, presented this year by Cigna. Dom Amore, courant.com, "UConn Men Notebook: Jim Calhoun's All-Star Game To Reunite Huskies Stars In August," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of regular

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 6

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for regular

Adjective

Middle English reguler, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin regularis regular, from Latin, of a bar, from regula rule — more at rule

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regular

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of regular

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: happening over and over again at the same time or in the same way : occurring every day, week, month, etc.
: happening at times that are equally separated
: happening or done very often

regular

noun

English Language Learners Definition of regular (Entry 2 of 2)

: someone who goes somewhere very often
: someone who often or usually performs, plays, etc.
US : something that is average or usual in quality or size

regular

adjective
reg·​u·​lar | \ ˈre-gyə-lər How to pronounce regular (audio) \

Kids Definition of regular

1 : steady in practice or occurrence : happening on or as if on a schedule a regular routine The club holds regular meetings.
2 : following established usages or rules regular procedures
3 : normal entry 1 sense 1 Practice will be at the regular time. The regular price is $15.
4 : following the usual manner of inflection “Talk” is a regular verb, but “say” is not.
5 : having all sides equal and all angles equal a regular polygon

Other Words from regular

regularly adverb

regular

adjective
reg·​u·​lar | \ ˈreg-yə-lər How to pronounce regular (audio) \

Medical Definition of regular

1 : having or constituting an isometric system regular crystals
2 : conforming to what is usual or normal: as
a : recurring or functioning at fixed or normal intervals regular bowel movements
b : having menstrual periods or bowel movements at normal intervals

Other Words from regular

regularly adverb

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