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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Other Words from usual

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

Cynthia Nixon, running for Governor of New York, was there; organizers and staff in their purple T-shirts; a few regulars who had headed to their usual billiards bar to find a historic celebration. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Knock Down the House Reminds Us that AOC's Triumph Almost Wasn't," 3 May 2019 The group was up to their usual antics on the red carpet, and some images surfaced of sweet moments between Jimin and Jungkook. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Every Iconic BTS Moment You Missed During Billboard Music Awards 2019," 2 May 2019 But fortunately, things are back to usual this year. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Just Released Three New Photos of Princess Charlotte in Honor of Her 4th Birthday," 1 May 2019 Unfortunately, the complex update also introduced gremlins in some systems, leading to higher-than-usual CPU usage. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia hotfix curbs aggressive CPU usage by latest GeForce driver," 30 Apr. 2019 The usual cries came up—that the standards of judgment are incurably subjective, that if the law started making judgments of this kind, the government would have a license for censoring... Hadley Arkes, WSJ, "The Business That Dare Not Speak Its Name," 25 Apr. 2019 Such challenges are inevitable when seven underclassmen declare for the NFL draft, even more than the usual exodus. John Zenor, The Seattle Times, "Nick Saban reloading defense with youthful Alabama team," 13 Apr. 2019 De Shields is, as usual, unlike anyone else onstage, this time in a sharkskin suit. Robert Sullivan, Vogue, "Hadestown, Anaïs Mitchell’s Musical Where Work Is Hell, Makes It to the Big Time," 19 Apr. 2019 The Lush United States branch appears to be operating as usual. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Lush Cosmetics U.K. Will No Longer Use Social Media — Here’s Why," 9 Apr. 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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usual

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.

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usually adverb

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