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 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 As usual, the team will get dropped off at the stadium two hours before kickoff. Ben Flanagan |, al, "Alabama football fan guide to Tide’s home game vs. Kentucky," 20 Nov. 2020 The Chappelle shows do not indicate business as usual at House of Blues. Andrew Dansby, Chron, "Chappelle shows using on-site COVID testing," 20 Nov. 2020 Wantonly stuffing workers into crowded meat-processing plants and distribution warehouses without sufficient protective equipment, let alone hazard pay, is mostly business as usual. J.c. Pan, The New Republic, "Hazard Pay Was Just a Brand Exercise," 20 Nov. 2020 Scott only had the opportunity to play in a handful of AAU tournaments this year with Germantown, less than half as many as usual. Brent Kennedy,, "Howard junior Gabby Scott commits to play basketball at Towson," 20 Nov. 2020 Thompson-Robinson did not speak with reporters as usual Wednesday, with a school spokesperson telling reporters at the time that there was a conflict with the team’s weightlifting schedule being shifted. oregonlive, "UCLA players’ status in doubt, including QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson, for Oregon game because of COVID-19 concerns," 20 Nov. 2020 Business as usual as far as this year is concerned. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "Intensive COVID-19 protocols create very different environment for Browns: ‘The part I miss the most is the interaction’," 20 Nov. 2020 As was predicted, the expanding pool of people infected with the new coronavirus has disrupted business as usual. Glenn Howatt, Star Tribune, "November on track to be Minnesota's deadliest month for COVID-19," 19 Nov. 2020 Another, in Utah, told Yong of working 36-hour shifts in an ICU treating twice as many patients as usual, as the state records cases at a rate almost five times greater than its summer peak. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic Is About to Pass Spring’s Grimmest Record," 19 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Against this backdrop, science-as-usual can remain a source of tension and mistrust. Matthew Halliday/undark, Popular Science, "Inuit researchers are leading a scientific movement to understand life on the ice," 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,, "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 25 Nov. 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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