typ·​i·​cal·​ly | \ˈti-pi-k(ə-)lē \

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

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Currently, sellers typically use a rather manual way to record sales, such as calling out individual buyers on the stream to message them with payment information. Natt Garun, The Verge, "Facebook is testing a shopping mode for live-streamers," 6 Dec. 2018 In these cases, the company typically used user information supplied by the exchange and information the company could collect directly from the user to select and serve a targeted advertisement to the user. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Verizon/AOL helped advertisers track kids online, must now pay $5M fine," 4 Dec. 2018 All of those attempts have been, in one way or another, successful (though also typically poorly documented). Rob Dunn, Discover Magazine, "Our Attempts to Eradicate Insects are Just Making them Resistant to Pesticides," 16 Nov. 2018 Sodium thiopental, the barbiturate used in the injection that killed Brooks, and pancuronium bromide are typically used in medical settings to anesthetize patients — they were not designed for use in lethal injection procedures. Abdullah Shihipar, Teen Vogue, "Lethal Injection Drugs and the Death Penalty, Explained," 30 Oct. 2018 Comforters come in many colors, patterns, and designs, as they are typically used without any cover over them. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Ultimate Guide to the Duvet Cover," 11 Oct. 2018 Planning a wedding, no matter the size, typically begins with budget planning. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Much Does Princess Eugenie's Wedding Dress Cost?," 8 Oct. 2018 Measles is a highly contagious virus that typically begins with a fever, cough and runny nose. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Texas nurse fired after allegedly posting about toddler's measles diagnosis on anti-vax page," 29 Aug. 2018 Dianthus typically don't like wet soils, so don't drown them. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "How to Grow Carnations," 1 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of typically

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of typically

: generally or normally

: in the usual way

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