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

Making Apple Music available on Echo devices might seem to run counter to Apple’s usual strategy of using services as a lure for hardware (and vice versa). James Vincent, The Verge, "Apple Music is coming to Echo devices next month," 30 Nov. 2018 The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press argued that the inadvertent disclosure by prosecutors about charges against Assange obliterates the usual need for secrecy. Matthew Barakat, The Seattle Times, "Judge defers action on request to unseal Assange charges," 27 Nov. 2018 Even Kiernan Shipka's Sabrina is seen dabbling in rich, red shades that go beyond her usual barely-tinted lip balm. Marci Robin, Allure, "The Lipsticks Worn by the Witches of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Are Surprisingly Pricey," 1 Nov. 2018 With all of this happening, Kim says that the usual go-to move in television is to have a stereotypical love triangle in which women are pitted against one another. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Grey’s Anatomy' Fans Will Not Be Able to Handle What Kim Raver Just Spilled About Teddy," 25 Oct. 2018 Per Wired's report, the plane surpassed its usual groundspeed of 540 mph upon hitting a ferocious current over the Labrador Sea, allowing it to notch a peak burst of 700 mph. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "A Turkish Airlines Flight Flew an Extra 800 Miles and Still Landed on Time," 23 Oct. 2018 The Great Lakes, the northern Plains, and Hawaii might have lower than usual precipitation. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "NOAA Predicts Winter Is Going to Be Warmer Than Usual for Most of the United States," 22 Oct. 2018 Netflix’s quarterly letter to shareholders, released with its third-quarter results this afternoon, includes the usual discussion of the quarter and the broader industry. Dan Frommer, Recode, "How Netflix drives culture, in one chart," 16 Oct. 2018 In the same shot as their great-grandparents, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Charlotte and George weren't their usual smiley selves in the main family photo: Bless them! Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince George and Princess Charlotte Look So Moody in Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding Portraits," 14 Oct. 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.

Other Words from usual

usually adverb

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