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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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prairie dogs typically live in open spaces

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Typical counter height is 36 inches and standard dishwashers are typically 24 inches wide, 24 inches deep, and around 34 inches high, often with adjustable legs. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Built-in Dishwasher," 11 Feb. 2019 Microsoft’s mid-release Windows Insider builds typically are the biggest of the lot, and Windows 10 Insider Build 18305 is no exception. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's latest Windows 10 build kills passwords, simplifies Start, and adds fun 'kaomoji'," 19 Dec. 2018 Comforters typically are thick and fluffy (making them especially great in colder weather), are covered in a durable fabric, and filled with down or synthetic fibers. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Ultimate Guide to the Duvet Cover," 11 Oct. 2018 Unfortunately, the process is typically not so delightful for infants. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "When Do Babies Start Teething?," 26 Feb. 2019 The Dior version of tie-dye is markedly more subdued than the neon hippie prints typically associated with the technique; indeed the muted color scheme made things feel elevated and fresh. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Angelababy Does Tie-Dye the Front Row Way at Dior," 26 Feb. 2019 The Tiffany diamond, the most notable piece in the Tiffany & Co. archives, is a 128.54-carat fancy yellow diamond which typically sits on display (under lock and key) in the brand's Fifth Avenue flagship location. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga Just Showed up to the Oscars in One of the World's Most Famous Pieces of Jewelry," 25 Feb. 2019 Having to engineer a new car around the system is an obstacle in an era where cars typically go seven to ten years between expensive redesigns, and the industry is still feeling out the recent explosion of complex safety systems and sensor suites. Matthew Jancer, Popular Mechanics, "Your Next Car Could Have Airbags That Inflate on the Outside," 15 Feb. 2019 Cut pile is typically much softer and more plush than loop pile carpets. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Best Carpet Types for a Perfectly Grounded Space," 13 Feb. 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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English Language Learners Definition of typically

: generally or normally
: in the usual way

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