usu·​al | \ ˈyü-zhə-wəl How to pronounce usual (audio) , -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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usualness \ ˈyü-​zhə-​wəl-​nəs How to pronounce usual (audio) , -​zhəl-​ ; ˈyüzh-​wəl-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for usual

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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

Adjective 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Are we headed back to life as usual or are we headed toward another wave of infections? Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, 12 May 2022 Some of the new products the company showed off such as its lower-cost Pixel 6a smartphone, represented business as usual. Chris Velazco, Washington Post, 11 May 2022 As usual with the festival, a good number of the 12 films will be 35mm prints. Chris Willman, Variety, 10 May 2022 As usual, his truck was loaded with tools and equipment. Lea Skene, Baltimore Sun, 10 May 2022 As usual, there will be some slight tweaks to each weekend’s lineup. Marisa Whitaker, SPIN, 10 May 2022 As usual, the Astros celebrated Mother’s Day by having some of the players’ moms throw out a ceremonial first pitch to their sons before Sunday’s 5-0 win over the Tigers. Matt Young, Chron, 9 May 2022 In the summery shot, Naomi, red hair perfectly blown out as usual, snuggles Wynonna with one arm while holding little Ashley in the other. Hattie Lindert,, 8 May 2022 As usual, Ferguson maintained busy on bottom with submission attempts and strikes. Danny Segura, USA TODAY, 8 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Dealing with long-lasting constipation, diarrhea, or poops that are different from your usual? Korin Miller, SELF, 22 Feb. 2022 Since then, my blood sugars have gone from a usual of 110 to the 140s. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 11 Feb. 2022 The brand suggests ordering a size up from your usual to ensure a perfect fit. Nicol Natale,, 27 Oct. 2021 Recently, my usual got met with a wholly unacceptable response. Matt Young, Chron, 1 Feb. 2021 With business-as-usual off the table, many restaurants have added business lines, products and merchandise and services. Ian Mcnulty,, 7 Dec. 2020 Against this backdrop, science-as-usual can remain a source of tension and mistrust. Matthew Halliday/undark, Popular Science, 29 May 2020 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,, 15 June 2018 Of course, travelers can expect the usuals that come with flying on a low-cost carrier— Cassie Shortsleeve, CNT, 25 July 2017 See More

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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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“Usual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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usu·​al | \ ˈyü-zhə-wəl How to pronounce usual (audio) \

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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