usual Definition

  • 1habitually or typically occurring or done; customary
  • 2ordinary or commonplace in practice or occurrence

Using usual: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "usual" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I'll have my usual coffee, please.

  • Example

    It's usual for him to arrive late.

  • Example

    The weather is cooler than usual this summer.

  • Example

    As usual, he forgot his keys.

usual Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with usual

  • in the normal or expected way


    As per usual, she arrived late to the meeting.

  • business as usual

    a state of affairs in which everything is continuing normally, especially in spite of difficulties or disturbances


    Despite the pandemic, the company is trying to maintain business as usual.

  • usual suspects

    people or things that are frequently involved in a particular activity or situation, especially when something illegal or wrong is suspected


    The police rounded up the usual suspects after the robbery.

Origins of usual

from Old French 'usuel', from Latin 'usualis', from 'usus' meaning 'use'


Summary: usual in Brief

The term 'usual' [ˈjuːʒʊəl] refers to something that is habitually or typically occurring, or ordinary and commonplace. It can be used to describe daily routines, like 'I'll have my usual coffee, please,' or general practices, like 'It's usual for him to arrive late.' 'Usual' also appears in phrases like 'as per usual,' meaning in the normal or expected way, and 'business as usual,' denoting a state of affairs in which everything is continuing normally.

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