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

Examples of usually in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Syria or Iraq or Ukraine, civilians could usually flee. Keith Gessen, The New Yorker, 13 Apr. 2024 Landscape styles usually fall into two simple categories: Formal or informal. Chris McKeown, The Enquirer, 13 Apr. 2024 Lettieri said the San Diego-Tijuana region is a cross-border community in which people and goods move back and forth, usually for the good, but sometimes also for the bad. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Apr. 2024 The shuttering of a store in D.C. is not usually newsworthy. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2024 If the fractured bones stay well aligned without displacement or angulation, the injury usually can be treated with a cast for four to six weeks followed by bracing and rehab to restore normal motion and function. Harlan Selesnick, Miami Herald, 13 Apr. 2024 The Lemon Drop is seen as axiomatically unserious by the sort of people who, say, write articles about cocktails in major magazines, and usually as well by the type of people who read them. Jason O'Bryan, Robb Report, 13 Apr. 2024 Our Ultimate Product Offering is usually closer to a racing vehicle – like a Senna GTR. Morgan Korn, ABC News, 13 Apr. 2024 Size For kids or solo adult sleepers, a twin-sized bed will usually suffice. Paige Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Apr. 2024

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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 19 Apr. 2024.

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