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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 appearing or occurring repeatedly from time to time
  • what with one or another of our pets having problems, we've been regular visitors at the animal hospital

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2 following a set method, arrangement, or pattern
  • he's followed a regular schedule for almost 20 years: up by 5, in bed by 10

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3 following or agreeing with established form, custom, or rules
  • thought about having a nontraditional wedding but in the end went with a regular ceremony instead

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Synonyms & Antonyms of regular (Entry 2 of 2)

2 someone who regularly spends time in a particular place
  • the coffeehouse regulars were put out by the interlopers occupying their usual table

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How does the adjective regular differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of regular are natural, normal, and typical. While all these words mean "being of the sort or kind that is expected as usual, ordinary, or average," regular stresses conformity to a rule, standard, or pattern.

the club's regular monthly meeting

In what contexts can natural take the place of regular?

The words natural and regular are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, natural applies to what conforms to a thing's essential nature, function, or mode of being.

the natural love of a mother for her child

When is it sensible to use normal instead of regular?

While in some cases nearly identical to regular, normal implies lack of deviation from what has been discovered or established as the most usual or expected.

normal behavior for a two-year-old

When would typical be a good substitute for regular?

The synonyms typical and regular are sometimes interchangeable, but typical implies showing all important traits of a type, class, or group and may suggest lack of strong individuality.

a typical small town

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The first known use of regular was in the 14th century

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“Regular.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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