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

Farmers in eastern Thailand on Saturday celebrated the start of the sowing season by racing their buffaloes, whose usual duty is to plow the fields. Washington Post, "Thai farmers race their buffaloes in show of gratitude," 14 July 2019 With Sandy Leon catching for Chris Sale as usual Saturday, Vazquez started at first base for the first time in the majors. Nick Kelly, BostonGlobe.com, "Christian Vazquez’s swing has him on the rise," 13 July 2019 As usual, the list skews toward steakhouses (Morton’s, the Capital Grille, III Forks) and hotel restaurants. Michael Mayo, sun-sentinel.com, "Lauderdale Spice? Annual Broward restaurant promotion starts Aug. 1, expands to two months," 12 July 2019 Though the British veteran Broomfield is an accomplished documentarian, telling this kind of poignant story is not business as usual for him. Kenneth Turan, chicagotribune.com, "‘Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love’ review: A perfect muse, a doomed romance for Cohen," 11 July 2019 But, in a troubling, business-as-usual scenario, with gas prices persisting at current levels over the next six years, solar is likely to grow much more slowly and wind is anticipated to only rise by twenty per cent. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, "The Case for Declaring a National Climate Emergency," 11 July 2019 Stranger Things season 3 hit Netflix on July 4, and as usual the latest installment of the series was full of shocks and surprises. Tim Stack, EW.com, "Stranger Things 3: All the surprises, from the major deaths to the shocking ending," 9 July 2019 As usual, Target REDcard members will get 5% off their purchases, according to the retailer's website. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "Amazon's retail competitors primed to compete on Prime Day," 8 July 2019 As usual, the government is very optimistic about the prospects of the country following its exit from the programme. Priscilla Twumasi-baffour, Quartz Africa, "Many Ghanaians think their country should divorce the IMF—that isn’t likely to happen," 8 July 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.

Other Words from usual

usually adverb

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