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



Definition of usual (Entry 2 of 2)

: something usual

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usualness \ ˈyü-​zhə-​wəl-​nəs How to pronounce usual (audio) , -​zhəl-​ ; ˈyüzh-​wəl-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for usual

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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

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 But her contemporary twist on an old world tradition proved to be a fantastic concept for customers craving a calming break from the usual grind. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 3 Dec. 2021 And after nixing the usual pregame festivities and capping Alamodome capacity at 11,000 for last year’s game due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s edition is expected to operate without any limitations. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Dec. 2021 Showcasing their usual vocal magic, the song was steered by Matt Sallee’s bass vocals and Kirstin Maldonado’s sweet tones. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 2 Dec. 2021 On Friday, under the court’s usual procedure, the justices would meet to hold a preliminary vote on their decision. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, 2 Dec. 2021 And partly, demand for many consumer goods remains so robust that strong brands have reduced the usual discounting tactics. Rob Walker, Fortune, 1 Dec. 2021 Mediacorp also recently announced a public, open call for programming pitches, a rare departure from its usual commissioning practices. Marcus Lim, Variety, 1 Dec. 2021 Madagascar received only around 60% of its usual average rainfall for two years in a row, the lowest in 30 years. Angela Dewan, CNN, 1 Dec. 2021 On Tuesday night, Anderson Cooper is slated to anchor Cuomo's usual 9 p.m. time slot. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 1 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The brand suggests ordering a size up from your usual to ensure a perfect fit. Nicol Natale,, 27 Oct. 2021 Recently, my usual got met with a wholly unacceptable response. Matt Young, Chron, 1 Feb. 2021 With business-as-usual off the table, many restaurants have added business lines, products and merchandise and services. Ian Mcnulty,, 7 Dec. 2020 Against this backdrop, science-as-usual can remain a source of tension and mistrust. Matthew Halliday/undark, Popular Science, 29 May 2020 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,, 15 June 2018 Of course, travelers can expect the usuals that come with flying on a low-cost carrier— Cassie Shortsleeve, CNT, 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, 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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“Usual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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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 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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