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Definition of typically

1 : on a typical occasion : in typical circumstances typically, members of our staff receive little … recognition— Brendan Gill
2 : in a typical manner typically American

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Examples of typically in a Sentence

prairie dogs typically live in open spaces
Recent Examples on the Web The vehicle, which everyone who knew him said was typically spotless, was covered in dirt and mud. Keren Schiffman, ABC News, "What happened in Vegas? Woman alleges innocence in husband's death after 2 decades in prison," 20 Feb. 2021 For stocks, moderate inflation is typically a good thing. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Boom, then Bust?," 20 Feb. 2021 Across the Bay Area, the amount of subsidence that has resulted from the weight of buildings was typically between about one-quarter inch and just over 3 inches, according to the modeling. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "San Francisco Bay Area sinking under its own weight - 3.5 trillion pounds," 19 Feb. 2021 Same-day reservations typically are available, but not all time slots may be open, the company said. Mary Ellen Podmolik, chicagotribune.com, "Six Flags Great America plans spring opening with new reservation system and 4,000 Illinois workers," 19 Feb. 2021 The research suggests that most, but not all, former employees perform no better than new hires—and are typically more expensive. Catherine Shea, WSJ, "After Covid, Should Companies Rehire Ex-Employees?," 19 Feb. 2021 The most common complaints following COVID-19 shots are typically temporary and relatively minor, and include such symptoms as headache, fever, dizziness, chills, fatigue, pain, nausea, and shortness of breath, according to the CDC. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Macomb County man, 90, dies after COVID-19 vaccine — but doctors say shots are safe," 18 Feb. 2021 The gap between the winter and summer supply reflects power plants going offline for maintenance during months when demand typically is less intense and there’s not as much energy coming from wind and solar sources. David Koenig And Michael Liedtke, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why wasn’t Texas’ power grid prepared for cold weather?," 18 Feb. 2021 Sleep has classically been defined as unresponsiveness to external environmental stimuli—and that feature is still typically part of the definition today, Baird explains. Diana Kwon, Scientific American, "People Answer Scientists’ Queries in Real Time While Dreaming," 18 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of typically

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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24 Feb 2021

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“Typically.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/typically. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of typically

: generally or normally
: in the usual way

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