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Definition of usual adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈyuʒəl//
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  1. 1that happens or is done most of the time or in most cases synonym normal She made all the usual excuses. He came home later than usual. She sat in her usual seat at the back. He didn't sound like his usual happy self. They asked me why I wanted the job and why I thought I was good for it — you know, the usual thing. usual (for somebody/something) (to do something) It is usual to start a speech by thanking everyone for coming. compare unusual
  2. 2the usual noun [singular] (informal) what usually happens; what you usually have, especially the drink that you usually have
  3. Idioms
    as per normal/usual (informal)
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    in the way that is normal or usual; as often happens Everyone blamed me, as per usual.
    in the same way as what happens most of the time or in most cases Steve, as usual, was the last to arrive. As usual at that hour, the place was deserted. Despite her problems, she continued to work as usual.
    business as usual
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    a way of saying that things will continue as normal despite a difficult situation
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: usual