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"regular" in British English

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regularadjective

uk   /ˈreɡ.jə.lər/ us   /ˈreɡ.jə.lɚ/
  • regular adjective (OFTEN)

B1 happening or doing something often: a regular customer/churchgoer/reader/user Professional athletes make regular appearances on TV.

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  • regular adjective (EVEN)

B2 existing or happening repeatedly in a fixed pattern, with equal or similar amounts of space or time between one and the next; even: Her heartbeat was regular. The gardeners planted the trees at regular intervals. I suggest that we have regular meetings/meet on a regular basis.
Someone who is regular empties their bowels often enough, and a woman who is regular always has her period at approximately the same time: The doctor asked if I was regular/if my bowel movements were regular.

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  • regular adjective (USUAL)

A2 mainly US usual or ordinary: Her regular secretary was off sick for a week. I couldn't see my regular dentist. You can use low-fat or regular cream cheese. Do you want large fries or regular fries with that?
B1 specialized language A regular verb, noun, or adjective follows the usual rules in the structure of its various forms: "Talk" is a regular verb but "be" is not.
a regular guy US
a normal man who is liked and trusted
regular army, soldier, etc.
an army that exists all the time, or a soldier in such an army

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regularity
noun [U] uk   /ˌreɡ.jəˈlær.ə.ti/ us   /ˌreɡ.jəˈler.ə.t̬i/
The same familiar faces reappear in the law courts with depressing regularity.

regularnoun [C]

uk   /ˈreɡ.jə.lər/ us   /ˈreɡ.jə.lɚ/
  • regular noun [C] (CUSTOMER)

someone who often goes to a particular event or place, such as a shop or restaurant: He's one of the regulars at the pub.
  • regular noun [C] (SOLDIER)

a soldier whose permanent job is being a soldier
(Definition of regular from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"regular" in American English

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regularadjective

us   /ˈreɡ·jə·lər/
  • regular adjective (REPEATED)

happening repeatedly in a fixed pattern, with equal or similar amounts of space or time between one and the next: a regular heartbeat working regular hours Trees were planted at regular intervals along the avenue.
  • regular adjective (USUAL)

usual or ordinary; normal: He drove his regular route to work. Her regular assistant is on vacation.
Regular also means of an average or standard size: That minivan is longer than a regular station wagon.
The regular army is the permanently organized army of a country.
grammar A regular verb, noun, adjective, or other type of word follows the usual rules in the language for changing word endings.
If you describe a man as a regular guy, you mean that he is an ordinary, likable person: He wanted to prove he was a regular guy by going fishing.
  • regular adjective (OFTEN)

doing the same thing or going to the same place often: a regular contributor to the magazine a regular customer
  • regular adjective (EQUAL)

shaped equally on all sides: Her teeth are small and regular.

regularnoun [C]

us   /ˈreɡ·jə·lər/
  • regular noun [C] (FREQUENT PERSON)

someone who goes to the same place or does the same thing often: He’s one of the regulars at the club.
(Definition of regular from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"regular" in Business English

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regularadjective

uk   /ˈreɡjələr/ us  
happening at the same time each day, week, month, etc. and usually fairly often: All staff make regular payments to the pension fund. I need a job with a regular income. I would like a job with more regular hours. Discussions about the direction of the company take place on a regular basis.
[before noun] COMMERCE used to describe someone who often uses something or buys something from the same organization: We have a special offer for our regular customers. The service has over 70,000 regular users.
[before noun] HR used to describe someone who is employed permanently by a company, etc.: Temporary workers do not get the same benefits as regular employees.
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[before noun] HR used to describe work that is permanent: She has had plenty of jobs but never been in regular employment. He gave up his regular job to play in a rock band.
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COMMERCE ordinary or typical in size or quality: Do you want a small, regular, or large coffee? Try substituting soy milk for regular milk. The price of regular gasoline has risen steeply.
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regularnoun

uk   /ˈreɡjələr/ us   informal
COMMERCE a customer who goes to the same store, restaurant, etc. very often: He's a regular at all the fashionable clubs.
(Definition of regular from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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