Meaning of “usual” in the English Dictionary

"usual" in British English

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uk /ˈjuː.ʒu.əl/ us /ˈjuː.ʒu.əl/

A2 normal; happening, done, or used most often:

I went to bed at my usual time.
There was more rainfall than usual this summer in the mountain areas.
You'll find the cutlery in its usual place.
Terry was, as usual, slow to respond.
The library is open for business as usual despite the snowstorm.

More examples

  • With fewer cars on the roads, traffic is flowing more smoothly than usual.
  • The flower seller was in his usual spot outside the station.
  • He's complaining of all the usual flu symptoms - a high temperature, headache and so on.
  • My usual train was cancelled. That's why I'm so late.
  • The children have left all the lights on, as usual!

usualnoun [ S ]

uk /ˈjuː.ʒu.əl/ us /ˈjuː.ʒu.əl/ informal

(Definition of “usual” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"usual" in American English

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usualadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈju·ʒu·əl/

happening or done most of the time; ordinary:

I’ll put the keys in the usual place.
If you can believe it, the food was worse than usual.
adverb [ not gradable ] us /ˈju·ʒə·wə·li/

He usually gets home from work at about six.

(Definition of “usual” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)