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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 That’s a manageable task for one (or two) leagues because teams typically play just two games a week. Jeff Fogle, Los Angeles Times, "Here’s what to look for when betting college basketball," 2 Jan. 2020 Others are organisms that are not typically found in ambient air. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "How This Researcher Invented an Entirely New—and Entirely Badass—Field of Science," 20 Dec. 2019 That's a role typically played in the Senate by the vice president, who is the president of the Senate, but the vice president can't do that in a presidential impeachment trial because of conflict of interest issues. Dareh Gregorian, NBC News, "Pomp, circumstance and silence: How a Senate presidential impeachment trial works," 16 Dec. 2019 Yet Michigan, which typically plays well at home, struggled from the opening tip. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball a work in progress, but pieces are there for success," 14 Dec. 2019 Ren, 75, said from a grand reception hall decorated with Grecian statues and columns, where Huawei typically receives foreign customers and guests. Washington Post, "China’s Huawei may need two to three years to recover from U.S. trade ban, CEO says," 12 Dec. 2019 While the letter is legal and binding, lack of detailed definitions of terms typically found in a contract have led to negotiations regarding his $18 million buyout. Luis Torres, orlandosentinel.com, "New FSU coach Mike Norvell inks six-year contract to pay him $4.42 million annually," 10 Dec. 2019 Two or three home games are typically played each season before students are even back in class on campus. oregonlive, "Canzano: College football’s troubles will be punctuated with more empty seats in Pac-12 title game," 5 Dec. 2019 That type of need could conceivably arise if a traveler or a health worker who volunteered in an outbreak became infected and returned home sick, igniting some transmission in a country where Ebola typically is not found. Helen Branswell, STAT, "The Gavi coalition boosts the global stockpile of Ebola vaccines," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of typically

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of typically was in 1605

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9 Jan 2020

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“Typically.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/typically. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of typically

: generally or normally
: in the usual way

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