usu·​al | \ ˈyü-zhə-wəl How to pronounce usual (audio) , -zhəl; ˈyüzh-wəl \

Definition of usual

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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 usualness (audio) , -​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

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 Breaking with her usual Sunday routine, Queen Elizabeth II did not attend church in Sandringham to keep her out of harm’s way during the storm. Washington Post, "Hurricane-force winds pound UK and Europe, upend travel," 10 Feb. 2020 The Cavs skipped usual shootaround at Cleveland Clinic Courts, opting instead to have a walkthrough at the arena hours before tipoff Sunday night. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Andre Drummond, Cleveland Cavaliers preaching patience after Drummond’s debut falls flat: ‘Have to work out my kinks’," 10 Feb. 2020 Forecasters said to expect flooding in the usual flood-prone areas, but flooding will also be possible in areas that usually avoid it. Leigh Morgan, al, "‘Significant’ flooding happening now in Alabama; flash flood warnings multiplying," 10 Feb. 2020 More adults in the state went without care because of the cost and a greater share didn’t have a usual provider, the group said. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Will voters revolt over health care prices? Texans have plenty of reason to push for change," 9 Feb. 2020 Breaking with her usual Sunday routine, Queen Elizabeth II did not attend church in Sandringham due to high winds. Fox News, "Hurricane-force winds pound UK and Europe, upend travel as Storm Ciara strikes," 9 Feb. 2020 The usual campaign event formalities were few, and Sanders’s name was hardly mentioned. Alexander Zaitchik, The New Republic, "This Is How Bernie Wins," 7 Feb. 2020 The usual celebrity Lakers fans also were in the building, including Dyan Cannon and Flea and his wife Melody Ehsani. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "The celebrities who watched the Rockets run past the Lakers," 7 Feb. 2020 But the nearly 3,000 people in attendance at Bart Kaufman Field on April 6, 2019, probably won’t have noticed the extra security, or caught wind of the stricter-than-usual credential policies. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Once icy relationship between Bob Knight, Indiana thawing out," 6 Feb. 2020 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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“Usual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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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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