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Definition of regular adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    following pattern
  1. 1following a pattern, especially with the same time and space in between each thing and the next regular breathing a regular pulse/heartbeat A light flashed at regular intervals. There is a regular bus service to the airport. regular meetings/visits The equipment is checked on a regular basis. She writes a regular column for a national newspaper. opposite irregular
  2. frequent
  3. 2done or happening often Do you get regular exercise? Domestic violence is a regular occurrence in some families. opposite irregular
  4. 3[only before noun] (of people) doing the same thing or going to the same place often our regular customers regular offenders (= against the law) He was a regular visitor to her house.
  5. usual
  6. 4[only before noun] usual I couldn't see my regular doctor today. On Monday he would have to return to his regular duties. It's important to follow the regular procedure.
  7. ordinary
  8. 5[only before noun] ordinary; without any special or extra features Do you want regular or diet cola? I just want to buy a regular white shirt—nothing fancy. (approving) He's just a regular guy who loves his dog.
  9. even
  10. 6having an even shape a face with regular features a regular geometric pattern He flashed a smile, showing two rows of white, regular teeth. opposite irregular
  11. permanent
  12. 7lasting or happening over a long period a regular income She couldn't find any regular employment.
  13. standard size
  14. 8of a standard size Regular or large fries?
  15. soldier
  16. 9[only before noun] belonging to or connected with the permanent armed forces or police force of a country a regular army/soldier opposite irregular
  17. grammar
  18. 10(especially of verbs or nouns) changing their form in the same way as most other verbs and nouns The past participle of regular verbs ends in “-ed.” opposite irregular
  19. for emphasis
  20. 11(informal) used for emphasis to show that someone or something is an exact or clear example of the thing mentioned The whole thing was a regular disaster.
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