Definition of usual adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    usual

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈjuːʒuəl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈjuːʒuəl//
     
    ; BrE BrE//ˈjuːʒəl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈjuːʒəl//
     
     
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  1. 1  that 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 suitable—you know, the usual thing. usual (for somebody/something) (to do something) It is usual to start a speech by thanking everybody 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. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French, or from late Latin usualis, from Latin usus ‘a use’, from uti ‘to use’.Extra examples Everyone blamed me as per usual. It’s business as usual at the factory, even while investigators sift through the bomb wreckage. It’s usual for the man to propose marriage. It’s very usual for people to leave books and papers behind. The metal can then be painted in the usual way. This kind of behaviour is far from usual in children of this age. Despite the problems staff arrived for work as usual. He didn’t sound like his usual happy self. He was sitting in his usual chair by the window. It is usual for the employer to pay the costs. It is usual to start a speech by thanking everybody for coming. She arrived at the usual time.Idioms (informal) 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 carried on working as usual. a way of saying that things will continue as normal despite a difficult situation
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