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



Definition of usual (Entry 2 of 2)

: something usual

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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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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


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

But the team’s performance seemed to have inspired a greater sense of national pride than usual. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "A Very British Protest," 13 July 2018 Her hair was styled slightly different than usual, shorter, parted on the right side and sweeping across her forehead. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Melania Trump stuns in sweeping Grecian-goddess J. Mendel gown for dinner at Churchill's palace," 12 July 2018 Human skin normally absorbs a small amount of oxygen in order to sustain the uppermost layer of skin cells, but Keeton said his skin absorbs more oxygen than usual, causing his oxygen levels to be 23 percent higher than normal levels. Elena Weissmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Meet Kenosha's Jamie 'Can Head' Keeton, the human suction cup," 12 July 2018 This season of Real Housewives Of New York City, a reality TV show fueled by wine and bad vacations, has proven to be far more serious than usual., "The Most Awkward Parts Of The RHONY Speed Dating Adventure," 12 July 2018 Rehearsals for the Glastonbury Youth and Family Services' Creative Experiences' summer musical, Bye, Bye, Birdie, are in full swing, and with a shorter schedule than usual, are especially intense. Steve Smith, Courant Community, "Cast Enjoys Summer Musical Rehearsals," 11 July 2018 Purcell said the deer looked more agitated than usual and made mewing noises. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Doe in distress: Auburn deer can't eat because of peanut butter jar, resident says," 10 July 2018 Watch for signs of wavering from Maine, or of excessively greedy demands from Alaska, or of a bigger-than-usual Stand by Rand. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Kavanaugh’s SCOTUS Confirmation Is in the GOP’s Hands," 10 July 2018 And this may take a bit more adjustment than usual on this side of the pond, given that so many took an extended holiday last week. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: CMS drops plan for Novartis drug; lawsuit offers fresh details on Purdue opioid marketing," 9 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,, "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


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1589, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for usual


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


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.

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usually adverb

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