usu·​al·​ly ˈyü-zhə-wə-lē How to pronounce usually (audio)
: according to the usual or ordinary course of things : most often : as a rule : customarily, ordinarily
a trip that usually takes an hour
a time of year when the weather is usually hot
On weekdays, I usually biked alone around San Francisco. Oliver Sacks
To establish a new epoch, geologists usually have to find clear evidence in the rock record of a massive, planet-altering shift. Gayathri Vaidyanathan
Celebrity outbursts are usually so outrageous that the average person can't really relate to them. Kyra Kyles
These chemicals usually do not kill the insects: a plant does not care whether predators die; it just wants them to go away and not come back. Mark P. Mattson

Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of usually was in the 15th century

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“Usually.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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