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



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


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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


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


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.


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

Kelly called the majority of the plays during the preseason, but O'Brien is expected to be the primary playcaller and decision-maker during the regular season about the direction of the offense. Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle, "Texans' Bill O'Brien expected to be primary playcaller working in tandem with Tim Kelly," 5 Sep. 2019 What's at stake This is the final race in the NASCAR Cup Series regular season. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "How to watch, listen to the Brickyard 400 2019," 5 Sep. 2019 In Cape Cod, beaches have been closed due to shark sightings on a regular basis all summer long. Annaliese Griffin, Quartzy, "Are great white sharks messing with us?," 1 Sep. 2019 On the other hand, the series serves up tasty juxtapositions on a regular basis. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "Why “Styling Hollywood” Is One of the Best Celebrity-Stylist Reality Shows," 30 Aug. 2019 At the same time, they were used on a regular basis by both rich and poor, so the coins help us understand how changes under Norman rule impacted on society as a whole. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Medieval Coin Hoard Offers Evidence of Early Tax Evasion," 30 Aug. 2019 Stock extra medical supplies used on a regular basis such as blood testing strips or oxygen tanks. Cindy Krischer Goodman,, "As Hurricane Dorian approaches Florida, insurers lift medication refill limits," 29 Aug. 2019 No one knows this better than the doctors and nurses who treat patients for vaccine-preventable illnesses on a regular basis. Natasha Lavender, SELF, "4 Doctors on the Frustration, Anxiety, and Fear of Treating Patients with Vaccine-Preventable Illnesses," 26 Aug. 2019 Like exercise, mindfulness will need to be practiced on a regular basis to keep the brain's positive outlook in good shape, Davidson said. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Want to live longer? Be an optimist, study says," 26 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Neither John Stones nor Nicolas Otamendi were regulars in the first team last season, leaving Aymeric Laporte as the only guaranteed starter throughout the 2019/20 season., "Fernandinho: How the Brazil International Could Be an Asset to Pep Guardiola as a Centre Back," 15 Aug. 2019 And both are regulars on The Oregonian’s annual guide to Portland’s best restaurants. Michael Russell,, "La Neta, modern Mexican restaurant at Chinatown’s Hoxton Hotel, to close, change concepts," 14 Aug. 2019 Both teams are regulars in most national team rankings, especially North Shore heading into 2019. Adam Coleman, Houston Chronicle, "Katy-North Shore showdown will be televised by ESPNU," 13 Aug. 2019 The two were regulars in the years before last decade’s housing crash. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, "Median pay for Colorado executive rises in 2018, despite down year for most investors," 11 Aug. 2019 Drummond and Kennard have been regulars through the first four game. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' Bruce Brown posts triple-double in Summer League win over 76ers," 10 July 2019 Hagerty, state runner-up in 2016 and 2017, and Timber Creek, which won a title in 2017 and reached the state tournament in each of the past three seasons, have been regulars in the Sentinel Super Six rankings in recent years. J.c. Carnahan,, "Baseball, softball FHSAA realignment creates new postseason challenges," 21 June 2019 However, Audrey, Jeremy, and little Ember will no longer be regulars on the show. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Tori Roloff Just Revealed When the New Season of 'Little People, Big World' Will Return," 2 Jan. 2019 Vanessa Morgan, who plays Cheryl’s girlfriend Toni Topaz, and Charles Melton, who plays Reggie, will both be series regulars in the third season, according to TV Insider. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "Here's Everything We Know About "Riverdale" Season 3 So Far!," 23 July 2018

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First Known Use of regular


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 6


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for regular


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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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



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


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


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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