regular

The adjective regular is useful for describing something that happens in a specific way again and again, like your regular tasks at work.

Things that occur in a particular order or a certain way can be called regular. You might have a regular group of patients you visit when you're volunteering at the hospital, or a roommate who insists on sitting down together for regular meals. The word regular comes from the Latin regularis, "continuing rules for guidance," which in turn has its roots in regula, or "rule."

Primary Meanings of regular

1.
adjn
conforming to a standard or pattern
a regular patron
2.
adj
occurring at fixed intervals
3.
adj
(of solids) having clear dimensions that can be measured; volume can be determined with a suitable geometric formula
4.
adjn
(used of the military) belonging to or engaged in by legitimate army forces
a soldier in the regular army
5.
adj
not constipated
6.
adj
often used as intensifiers
7.
n
a garment size for persons of average height and weight
Full Definitions of regular
1

adj conforming to a standard or pattern

“following the regular procedure of the legislature”
“a regular electrical outlet”
Synonyms:
standard
conforming to or constituting a standard of measurement or value; or of the usual or regularized or accepted kind

adj in accordance with fixed order or procedure or principle

“his regular calls on his customers”
regular meals”
regular duties”
Synonyms:
first-string
of members of a team; not substitutes
lawful, rule-governed
according to custom or rule or natural law
official, prescribed
conforming to set usage, procedure, or discipline
standard, stock
regularly and widely used or sold
timed
regularly spaced in time
uniform
evenly spaced
weak
(used of verbs) having standard (or regular) inflection
well-ordered
ordered well
rhythmic, rhythmical
recurring with measured regularity
symmetric, symmetrical
having similarity in size, shape, and relative position of corresponding parts
systematic
characterized by order and planning
Antonyms:
irregular
contrary to rule or accepted order or general practice
illegal
prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules
asymmetrical, crooked
irregular in shape or outline
casual, occasional
occurring from time to time
improper, unconventional, unlawful
not conforming to legality, moral law, or social convention
randomised, randomized
set up or distributed in a deliberately random way
strong
of verbs not having standard (or regular) inflection
unrhythmic, unrhythmical
not rhythmic; irregular in beat or accent
rough, unsmooth
having or caused by an irregular surface
unsteady
subject to change or variation
asymmetric, asymmetrical
characterized by asymmetry in the spatial arrangement or placement of parts or components
unsystematic
lacking systematic arrangement or method or organization
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adj in accord with regular practice or procedure

“took his regular morning walk”
“her regular bedtime”
Synonyms:
usual
occurring or encountered or experienced or observed frequently or in accordance with regular practice or procedure

adj not deviating from what is normal

“her regular bedtime”
Synonyms:
normal
conforming with or constituting a norm or standard or level or type or social norm; not abnormal

adj relating to a person who does something regularly

“a regular customer”
Synonyms:
steady
frequent
coming at short intervals or habitually

adj officially full-time

regular students”
Synonyms:
full-time
for the entire time appropriate to an activity

n a regular patron

Synonyms:
fixture, habitue
Type of:
frequenter, patron
a regular customer

n a dependable follower (especially in party politics)

“he is one of the party regulars
Type of:
follower
a person who accepts the leadership of another
2

adj occurring at fixed intervals

“a regular beat”
Synonyms:
even
steady
not subject to change or variation especially in behavior

adj regularly scheduled for fixed times

“at a regular meeting of the PTA”
regular bus departures”
Synonyms:
scheduled
planned or scheduled for some certain time or times
3

adj (of solids) having clear dimensions that can be measured; volume can be determined with a suitable geometric formula

Antonyms:
irregular
(of solids) not having clear dimensions that can be measured; volume must be determined with the principle of liquid displacement

adj symmetrically arranged

regular features”
“a regular polygon”
Synonyms:
even
symmetric, symmetrical
having similarity in size, shape, and relative position of corresponding parts
4

adj (used of the military) belonging to or engaged in by legitimate army forces

“the regular army”
Synonyms:
standing
permanent
Antonyms:
irregular
(used of the military) not belonging to or engaged in by regular army forces
partisan, partizan
devoted to a cause or party
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n a soldier in the regular army

Type of:
soldier
an enlisted man or woman who serves in an army
5

adj not constipated

Synonyms:
unconstipated
diarrheal, diarrheic, diarrhetic, diarrhoeal, diarrhoeic, diarrhoetic
of or relating to diarrhea
lax, loose
emptying easily or excessively
Antonyms:
constipated
have difficult or incomplete or infrequent evacuation of the bowels
bound
confined in the bowels
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6

adj often used as intensifiers

“a regular morass of details”
“a regular nincompoop”
Synonyms:
veritable
typical
exhibiting the qualities or characteristics that identify a group or kind or category
7

n a garment size for persons of average height and weight

Type of:
size
the property resulting from being one of a series of graduated measurements (as of clothing)

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