regular

adjective
reg·​u·​lar | \ ˈre-gyə-lər, 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

Picking Up Everyone’s Litter A regular on Colorado nature trails turned to plogging—picking up trash while jogging—as a way to get fit, relax and beautify her favorite hiking paths. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "She’s Powerlifting at 76, So You’re Officially Out of Excuses," 29 Dec. 2018 There were lab visits with transvaginal ultrasounds to check on her ovaries’ response to the drugs and regular blood draws. Pamela Tsigdinos, Marie Claire, "The Wild World of IVF, Explained," 1 Oct. 2018 Two weeks before prom, swap your regular toothpaste for a whitening one that removes surface stains and protects your teeth from further yellowing. Seventeen.com Editors, Seventeen, "50 Life-Changing Prom Beauty Tips You Haven't Heard Before," 19 Dec. 2018 After inspiring us with her fashion choices on the regular and starring in A Wrinkle in Time, actor Storm Reid has revealed a hidden talent. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Storm Reid Shares the Playlist of Her Life," 14 Dec. 2018 Aside from the frustration of being murdered on the regular, there’s also some other strangeness that comes from the game’s online nature. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Red Dead Online’s early hours are full of violence, beauty, and annoying griefers," 27 Nov. 2018 Instagram doesn’t share regular user growth updates, but its monthly user total keeps increasing. Rani Molla, Recode, "Social media growth is over in the U.S. — which is its most valuable market," 5 Nov. 2018 Rebag says the program gives clients the chance to refresh their closets on the regular...and eliminate that dreaded feeling of buyer’s remorse, for good. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "This Website Will Let You Buy a Birkin, and Then Swap It For a New One 3 Months Later," 11 Oct. 2018 O’Brien said he's become accustomed to a new position on a regular basis throughout his career. Bob Narang, Lake County News-Sun, "Comeback kids: Marcus Maristela and Kevin O’Brien help Grayslake Central reach regional championship game," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The gator lurking in one of the lakes is well known to regulars. CBS News, ""An alligator got this lady": 911 call released after deadly attack," 15 June 2018 Once regulars of Barneys, the Rose family is left high and dry in a one-stoplight town with nothing but each other and the the vestiges of their former wealth. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Schitt’s Creek Is Giving the Gift of Fashion This Holiday Season—and All 2019 Long," 20 Dec. 2018 The Conners features Roseanne regulars John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Lecy Goranson, Michael Fishman, Emma Kenney, Ames McNamara, and Jayden Rey, and adds Maya Lynne Robinson as Geena, D.J.’s wife and Mary’s mom. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "How and When to Watch and Stream 'The Conners' Premiere," 16 Oct. 2018 Thanks to our host Brad Rickman and to podcast regulars Laura Redman, Mark Ellwood (live from Scotland!), and Bridget Hallinan for the lively discussion. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where You Should Go This Fall: Travelogue Podcast," 21 Sep. 2018 GrandLo has regulars including Silas Otero, a project manager who works next door. Anne Kadet, WSJ, "New York City Cafe Serves Up a Career Lifeline," 28 Aug. 2018 Tunisia has several regulars out of action with injuries. Brett Martel, chicagotribune.com, "Panama, Tunisia face last chance to win in Russia 2018," 27 June 2018 Classic restaurants have regulars who turn up regardless of the forecast, and those diners aren’t finding new servers every time, because the staff stays in place. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "How does a restaurant survive for decades? These 10 have a winning formula," 9 May 2018 Buc-ee's is known for its many treats and snacks, but these other Houston-area gas stations and convenience stores also have regulars who swear by their counter service. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Tasty food at Houston gas stations and convenience stores," 7 May 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.

: something that is average or usual in quality or size

regular

adjective
reg·​u·​lar | \ ˈre-gyə-lər \

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 \

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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