usu·​al·​ly | \ ˈyü-zhə-wə-lē How to pronounce usually (audio) , -zhə-lē; ˈyüzh-wə-lē, ˈyüzh-lē \

Definition of usually

: 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

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Usually.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of usually

used to describe what happens or exists most of the time or in most cases

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