regular

reg|u|lar1 W2S2 [ˈregjulə US -ər] adj
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1¦(every hour/day/week etc)¦
2¦(often)¦
3¦(usual)¦
4¦(equal distance)¦
5¦(ordinary)¦
6¦(normal size)¦
7¦(shape)¦
8¦(grammar)¦
9¦(emphasizing)¦
10 regular army/troops/soldier
11 be/keep regular
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[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: reguler, from Latin regularis, from regula 'edge for drawing straight lines, rule', from regere; REGENT]
1.) ¦(EVERY HOUR/DAY/WEEK ETC)¦
happening every hour, every week, every month etc, usually with the same amount of time in between
≠ ↑irregular
The company holds regular meetings with employees.
His breathing was slow and regular.
Trains will run at regular intervals from 11am to 4pm.
We hear from him on a regular basis .
He phones us every Sunday at six, regular as clockwork (=always at the same time) .
a regular job (=a job that you do during normal working hours)
2.) ¦(OFTEN)¦ [only before noun]
happening or doing something very often
≠ ↑irregular
a regular occurrence
Regular exercise helps keep your weight down.
regular customer/visitor
He's one of the bar's regular customers.
Penn Station was in regular use (=people used it often) until the 1960s.
3.) ¦(USUAL)¦ [only before noun]
especially AmE normal or usual
He has returned to his regular duties.
Our regular opening hours are 10 am to 7pm.
4.) ¦(EQUAL DISTANCE)¦
with the same amount of space between each thing and the next
≠ ↑irregular
The pipes were placed at regular intervals .
a carpet with a regular pattern of flowers
5.) ¦(ORDINARY)¦
especially AmE ordinary, without any special feature or qualities
a regular type of guy
6.) ¦(NORMAL SIZE)¦ [only before noun]
especially AmE of a normal or standard size
a regular Coke
7.) ¦(SHAPE)¦
evenly shaped with parts or sides of equal size
a regular hexagon
He's very handsome, with strong regular features (=an evenly shaped face) .
8.) ¦(GRAMMAR)¦
technical a regular verb changes its forms in the same way as most verbs, for example its past tense and past participle end in 'ed'. The verb 'dance' is regular, but the verb 'be' is not
≠ ↑irregular
9.) ¦(EMPHASIZING)¦ [only before noun]
BrE informal used to emphasize what you think someone is like
= ↑real
He's a regular little dictator!
10.) regular army/troops/soldier
a regular army etc is permanent, and exists whether there is a war or not
11.) be/keep regular informal
a) to get rid of waste from your ↑bowels often enough to be healthy
b) a woman who is regular has her ↑menstrual period at the same time each month
regular 2
regular2 n
1.) informal
someone who often goes to the same bar, restaurant etc or who takes part in an activity very often
The barman knows all the regulars by name.
2.)
a soldier whose permanent job is in the army
3.) [U] AmE
petrol that contains ↑lead

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