usual

adjective
usu·al | \ˈyü-zhə-wəl, -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, -zhə-lē; ˈyüzh-wə-lē, ˈyüzh-lē \ adverb
usualness \ˈyü-zhə-wəl-nəs, -zhəl-; ˈyüzh-wəl- \ noun

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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

In its usual format, doubles teams use wood or polymer paddles to hit a plastic ball similar to a wiffle ball. Gary Gibula, Naperville Sun, "Naperville answering demand for pickleball with new courts at Nike Complex, Southwest Park," 14 July 2018 The Louisville Leopard Percussionists christened the stage with their usual swagger, Wax Fang tried to melt whatever remaining faces hadn't already melted from the heat, and Abrams led The Thrills in an anything-goes set. 5. Jeffrey Lee Puckett, The Courier-Journal, "Miss Day 1 of Forecastle? No worries, here are 5 things you missed!," 14 July 2018 As usual with such play, numbers matter less than nuance, such as passing the eye test. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "As Bulls' summer league concludes, GM Gar Forman addresses play of 1st-round picks," 14 July 2018 Left back Mohamed El-Munir is back at his usual position after being deployed as a left winger in Orlando City’s 4-1 loss to LAFC. Jordan Culver, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando City goalkeeper Joe Bendik benched, lineup changes for Lions," 14 July 2018 On an early June evening, the three-paneled video billboard that towers over one of downtown Toronto’s busiest intersections shuffles through its usual advertisements. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Unprecedented Billboard Campaign Puts Spotlight on Indigenous Artists in Canada," 13 July 2018 The Desktop Metal lawsuit seeks a judgment that Markforged deliberately violated the patents, a holding that could force Markforged to pay up to three times the usual damages for a patent violation. Hiawatha Bray, BostonGlobe.com, "3D printing companies clash in federal court," 13 July 2018 National Championship game projections: Alabama vs. Clemson Pages: 232 Cost: $9.99 The Buzz: Lindy’s takes its usual deep dive into all-things college football with 232 pages full of previews, analysis and statistical breakdowns. Matt Murschel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "A guide to top college football preview magazines," 13 July 2018 Just know, Skarsgård’s unnamed, unblinking character didn’t end up in the bowels of pop culture’s most towering prison under the usual legal circumstances. refinery29.com, "Handmaid’s Tale," 13 July 2018

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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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 \

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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