usual

adjective
usu·​al | \ ˈyü-zhə-wəl How to pronounce usual (audio) , -zhəl; ˈyüzh-wəl\

Definition of usual

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : accordant with usage, custom, or habit : normal
2 : commonly or ordinarily used followed his usual route
3 : found in ordinary practice or in the ordinary course of events : ordinary
as usual
: in the accustomed or habitual way as usual they were late

usual

noun

Definition of usual (Entry 2 of 2)

: something usual

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Adjective

usually \ ˈyü-​zhə-​wə-​lē How to pronounce usually (audio) , -​zhə-​lē ; ˈyüzh-​wə-​lē , ˈyüzh-​lē \ adverb
usualness \ ˈyü-​zhə-​wəl-​nəs How to pronounce usualness (audio) , -​zhəl-​ ; ˈyüzh-​wəl-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for usual

Synonyms: Adjective

conventional, current, customary, going, popular, prevailing, prevalent, standard, stock

Antonyms: Adjective

nonstandard, unconventional, unpopular, unusual

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Adjective

usual, customary, habitual, wonted, accustomed mean familiar through frequent or regular repetition. usual stresses the absence of strangeness or unexpectedness. my usual order for lunch customary applies to what accords with the practices, conventions, or usages of an individual or community. the customary waiting period before the application is approved habitual suggests a practice settled or established by much repetition. a habitual morning routine wonted stresses habituation but usually applies to what is favored, sought, or purposefully cultivated. his wonted determination accustomed is less emphatic than wonted or habitual in suggesting fixed habit or invariable custom. accepted the compliment with her accustomed modesty

Examples of usual in a Sentence

Adjective

She charges less than the usual fee. He took his usual route to work. the usual method for preparing chili She is not my usual doctor. It's usual to charge a fee for delivery. It's not usual for him to get home so late.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

During testimony delivered to a parliamentary committee, Gerald Butts said discussions former Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has characterized as undue pressure were the usual thrust-and-parry of policy-making, directed at... Paul Vieira, WSJ, "Confidant of Embattled Trudeau Says Government Exerted No Undue Influence," 6 Mar. 2019 On particularly hectic days, you might be tempted to add extra shots of espresso to your usual coffee order—then proceed to have a bunch of those. Korin Miller, SELF, "Is Coffee Actually Dehydrating?," 6 Mar. 2019 Most stores will remain on their usual schedule and are open 24 hours. Nicol Natale, Woman's Day, "What's Open on Easter Sunday? Here's Where to Go for All of Your Last-Minute Needs," 5 Mar. 2019 That means your bokeh shots have realistic blur without the usual computational issues. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Nokia 9 PureView hands-on: All of the cameras and none of the gimmicks," 24 Feb. 2019 On a typical day in 2011, Chicago Field Museum volunteer Karen Nordquist was undertaking her usual task: sifting ancient mud through a mesh screen that captures small fossils. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "A New Shark Species Was Found in the Mud of Sue the T. Rex," 21 Jan. 2019 Swapping your usual face wash for something harsher seems like an obvious fix. Leah Prinzivalli, Glamour, "How to Get Rid of a Pimple Fast: 12 Dos & Don'ts of Fighting Acne," 17 Jan. 2019 In keeping with her usual, effortlessly chic style, Katie wore the perfect, holiday-but-not-too-festive, semi-sheer top with gathered embroidered detail and ruffled edging. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes Made a Rare Red Carpet Appearance for the 2018 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball," 10 Dec. 2018 But as usual, Paul Burrell had some interesting insight about the environment in the palace and Meghan's experience. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Princess Diana's Former Butler Weighs in on Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle," 6 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Mexican restaurant serves all of the usuals from three locations: 433 W New England Ave. in Winter Park; 5415 International Drive in Orlando; and 120 W. Church St. in Orlando. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "First Bite: Brunch at Pepe's Cantina," 15 June 2018 Of course, travelers can expect the usuals that come with flying on a low-cost carrier— Cassie Shortsleeve, CNT, "Flight Deal: U.S. to Europe from $99 on Primera Air," 25 July 2017 On most days, the half-dozen or so usuals, guns often holstered to their belts, settle into swivel chairs around tables near a bulletproof glass partition separating them from those taking target practice. Chris Fuchs, NBC News, "At Manhattan’s Last Gun Range, Darren Leung Calls the Shots," 11 May 2017

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First Known Use of usual

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1589, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for usual

Adjective

Middle English, from Anglo-French usuel, from Late Latin usualis, from Latin usus use

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adjective

English Language Learners Definition of usual

: done, found, or used most of the time or in most cases : normal or regular

usual

adjective
usu·​al | \ ˈyü-zhə-wəl How to pronounce usual (audio) \

Kids Definition of usual

: done, found, used, or existing most of the time This is the usual state of the house.

Other Words from usual

usually adverb

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