Definition of regular in US English:

regular

adjective

  • 1Arranged in or constituting a constant or definite pattern, especially with the same space between individual instances.

    ‘place the flags at regular intervals’
    ‘a regular arrangement’
    • ‘To assist us in teaching, and to give the students a regular format, we have prepared a teaching framework for the classes.’
    • ‘Once you've found one nail head, others should be spaced at regular intervals.’
    • ‘Specimens have been found all over the world, but it's not clear if they have regular migration patterns.’
    • ‘So does the image of a society with so ordered, predictable, and regular a daily round that the minutest deviation from routine constitutes a clue to the eagle-eyed sleuth.’
    • ‘The British arrived from a land of neat farms, specific hedgerows, a regular cycle of tilling the land and a cultivation timetable based on seasons.’
    • ‘Lateral inhibition is also involved in the regular spacing of hair cells or trichomes on root and leaf surfaces.’
    • ‘The modified instructions should boast regular structure and should suit for flawless execution in very simple functional units.’
    • ‘Synchronous applications have a regular structure, and in general, are the simplest to code and parallelize.’
    • ‘I sat on a bench, spaced at regular intervals like all the others, indexed by a number, in this case the number One, and dedicated in memoriam to a dead appreciator of the park.’
    • ‘In the latter period of the Western Zhou dynasty bronze scripts became more regular, with sharper angles and thinner lines.’
    • ‘A standard closet is generally equipped with regular poles and shelf space.’
    • ‘The mostly open-plan working areas are equally generous in space, and they flow at regular intervals into ‘break out spaces’.’
    • ‘Except on the bottom and top floors, the windows, arranged in a completely regular pattern, are simple holes in the wall with simple frames.’
    • ‘The Drosophila compound eye contains around 800 individual ommatidia, arranged in a regular hexagonal pattern.’
    • ‘Ohlson varies his regular structure by making two rectangles within each of four vertical quadrants.’
    • ‘Semicircular solid bastions were spaced at regular intervals along the ramparts.’
    methodical, systematic, structured, well ordered, well organized, orderly, efficient, smooth-running, streamlined, well regulated, disciplined, planned, well planned, businesslike, meticulous, punctilious
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    1. 1.1 (of a structure or arrangement) arranged in or constituting a symmetrical or harmonious pattern.
      ‘beautifully regular, heart-shaped leaves’
      • ‘Cliff Hill is very close, has a trig point and a regular shape like an upturned saucer.’
      • ‘The cells are termed ‘smooth’ because they lack the regular bands or striations which are prominent in skeletal muscle fibres and cardiac muscle cells.’
      • ‘We were armed with a large supply of pine cones (chosen for their more regular shape than sticks), painted red for easy identification.’
      • ‘The placement and shape of the prairies are similar, though Webb's prairies are more regular in shape.’
      • ‘They seem to cover equal amounts of the canvas in a regular arrangement broken only by the thin orange lines.’
      • ‘Barely a regular structure, road or building broke the contours of the mountainsides, whose ragged, stony slopes rose straight from the shore to a thousand feet.’
      • ‘At some sites, corn hills have been carefully arranged in rows, while at others they show no such regular arrangement.’
      • ‘His features were smoothly regular and extraordinarily placid, as if he surveyed the world from a lofty perch, far removed from any of its foibles and cares.’
      • ‘Your dentist will use a series of small files to enlarge the canals and make them a regular shape so the root filling can be placed.’
      • ‘The regular arrangement of leaves on a stem and trichomes on leaves is generated by lateral inhibition’
      symmetrical, orderly, arranged, methodical, systematic, in straight lines, regimented
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    2. 1.2Botany (of a flower) having radial symmetry.
      • ‘Name and describe the parts of a regular flower and an irregular flower.’
      • ‘Cruciform flowers are regular flowers with four petals cross-shaped.’
      • ‘The leaves, with their regular branching, resemble those of mistletoe: this is still a common plant in the area.’
      • ‘Resembling the regular lupin, the false lupin produces flowers much looser up the stem in a violet-blue.’
  • 2Recurring at uniform intervals.

    ‘a regular monthly check’
    ‘her breathing became deeper, more regular’
    • ‘Apart from the regular individual sheep classes, the main highlights of the sheep section are the Hogget Championships and the group classes.’
    • ‘Growing intercrops also helps in regular cultivation, efficient weed, pest and disease management.’
    • ‘When wine is matured in any other form of wooden container it is particularly important that the ullage space is minimized by regular topping up.’
    • ‘I also plan to be in regular attendance at Neighbourhood Watch, as well as local Pub Watch meetings.’
    • ‘Just last month, the council announced plans to increase access to the archives by holding a special evening opening, a service it plans to make a regular feature.’
    • ‘York council chiefs announced plans to dump regular weekly rubbish collections in an attempt to recycle more garden waste.’
    • ‘In school they also learn the importance of personal commitment, punctuality, regular attendance, planning for the future and working as a team.’
    • ‘On the day Mr Marlow was issued with a ticket - July 4-his car was noticed twice in the mayor's space by different wardens on their regular beat.’
    • ‘It was in constant use for regular Thursday meetings and parties.’
    • ‘By investing a regular sum, for instance in an index tracker, you will simply be buying more units should prices fall.’
    • ‘Assuming there are no contraindications, a woman should plan to exercise at regular intervals.’
    • ‘The lowest priority should be given to fit individuals with regular daytime duties who can make their routine journeys to work in other ways.’
    • ‘The party also says he is available to talk to the media at regular intervals during his constituency tours around the country.’
    • ‘All nursing staff who work a regular night shift pattern have been allocated on-site parking spaces.’
    • ‘It seems there is a problem with us using the space on a regular basis.’
    • ‘They intend planning regular editions of the newsletter to keep everyone up to date with their busy school life.’
    • ‘Do you hope eventually to have your own performing space and a regular summer festival?’
    • ‘She added that they had also arranged for a security guard to patrol the site at regular intervals.’
    • ‘First, readings are collected over an interval that takes into account regular tidal patterns.’
    • ‘The individual consumer has the regular bill as an incentive to manage his or her use of the phone, but the corporate customer doesn't care too much about the cost and may not even see the bill.’
    uniform, even, consistent, constant, unchanging, unvarying, orderly, systematic, fixed
    rhythmic, steady, even, uniform, constant, unchanging, unvarying
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    1. 2.1 Done or happening frequently.
      ‘regular border clashes’
      ‘parties were a fairly regular occurrence’
      • ‘Mr Ibbetson said the Environment Agency had created a 100-year flood plan showing areas where regular flooding could be expected.’
      • ‘He needs a safe, secure place to live with constant supervision, regular medical attention and intensive rehabilitation therapy.’
      • ‘Lancaster for instance, has had regular influxes of ‘outsiders’ for the last 2,000 years.’
      • ‘In all cases, for instance, individuals must maintain their access rights through regular use.’
      • ‘There must be planned and regular reflection on the demonstration of ethical behavior in daily camp life.’
      • ‘It because of her constant support and regular scoldings, that Niall could find the will in himself to go out and chase his dreams.’
      • ‘Richard plans to hold regular readings throughout the autumn.’
      • ‘If the afternoon dances prove popular, there are plans to launch regular evening dances.’
      • ‘The future of Circular Quay will probably continue to be a future of regular upgrade works spaced approximately 10 to 15 years apart.’
      • ‘He arranged a regular supply to a man in the Wakefield area but by the year end was in a new relationship and wanted out of the drug trade.’
      • ‘The resident was an active individual, who did regular weight training and played competitive ice hockey.’
      • ‘If only they knew how much better they would feel with less weight on their heads, how much easier it would be to keep their hair elegant and attractive by constant and regular attention.’
      • ‘But the constant reaffirmation of the slogan of indivisibility has not prevented regular claims that one set of rights or the other must in fact be accorded priority.’
      • ‘It wouldn't be quite so profitable but it would bring regular constant work to the district.’
      • ‘Plan regular fire drills (twice a year is best) to ensure that everyone knows exactly what to do when the smoke alarm sounds.’
      • ‘Corporate email is usually subject to constant changes and requires regular attention.’
      • ‘She lives with regular dizziness and a constant throbbing pain in her chest and legs because of the pressure on her circulatory system.’
      • ‘She and husband Trevor, of Southern Gardens, Totton, blame the aerials for regular headaches and a constant ringing in the ears.’
      • ‘It was quite noticeable that the cemetery grounds were given constant and regular attention.’
      • ‘The introduction of pay-parking in Naas has been a success, ensuring a regular turn-over of parking spaces.’
      frequent, repeated, continual, recurrent, periodic, habitual, constant, perpetual, oft repeated, repetitive, numerous
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    2. 2.2 (of a person) doing the same thing or going to the same place frequently or at uniform intervals.
      ‘a regular visitor’
      • ‘The Wicklow lads took the lead on 15 minutes with an excellent individual by their most regular scorer, Christopher Redmond.’
      • ‘FOR 20 years Englishman Graham Leake had been a regular fishing visitor to the picturesque heritage town of Lismore.’
      • ‘I think that if you don't embody that for a few guests who may require a little more, then you may not embody that for the regular customers.’
      • ‘He recently sold 27 such pieces to the White House, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a regular customer.’
      • ‘The pub has continued to be popular during the summer months with a regular influx of visitors to Rosses Point.’
      • ‘Visitors on holiday are welcome and our regular supporters are appreciated.’
      • ‘The meeting instructed the secretary to ask the Town Council to arrange for sufficient space to be left to regular stallholders if in future the market hall is again let for a similar purpose.’
      • ‘The chairman of the Hounslow Jamia Mosque, Suleman Chachia, said Hanif was a regular worshipper and had been attending prayers for at least the last two years.’
      • ‘But millions of dollars are expected to pour in to the city in the next fortnight - and not just from our regular Easter visitors.’
      • ‘The couple, who met in North Wales, were having a late afternoon wedding at St Paul's Church, in Holgate, where they are regular worshippers and run a youth group.’
      • ‘I work with the regular maintenance crew, Mahoney Maintenance.’
      • ‘The late Mary Ann, (nee Connolly), was a regular and popular visitor here until a year ago.’
      • ‘Indeed, the priory is such a beautiful place it attracts regular worshippers from as far afield as Sedbergh and Dalton-in-Furness to attend services there.’
      • ‘Although not a regular worshipper at St Mary's, he often read Christmas lessons at the church, and was heavily involved in the Thundridge community.’
      • ‘His supporters at St Hilda's Church in Cross Green, Leeds - where he is a regular worshipper - are now considering their options.’
      • ‘In addition, many women are among the gallery's regular customers.’
      • ‘The woman, a regular customer, explains that her car's radiator is leaking, and she doesn't know how she will get to work.’
      • ‘The group consists of a main committee of 15 people and 1,000 regular members who are sent notices and newsletters.’
      • ‘Karen's family are all close and so the various in-laws are regular visitors to our house at weekends!’
      • ‘The family is being supported by friends from All Saints' Church, Little Horton, where they are regular worshippers.’
      • ‘The Flying Scotsman was a regular York visitor when it ran from London to Scotland from 1923 to 1963.’
      • ‘The problem was that many people came in on that day by chance, taking advantage of the sale even if they weren't regular customers.’
      • ‘May is a regular and well known visitor to the Day Care Centre in Abbeyleix District Hospital, for which she is also a dedicated fundraiser.’
      • ‘The third is the fact that, besides a few regular customers, the place is practically deserted, and it gives me time to do my homework.’
      • ‘Mary Morgan, of Durrington, also remembers Rick, his wife and their two children as regular worshippers.’
      • ‘Also, as a regular worshipper at St James's Church, Thornton, John clearly finds church-going congenial.’
      • ‘In other cases, they were still running drugs as one of their many hustles, but they could not keep regular clients who trusted them.’
      • ‘The station building is very unattractive and unwelcoming to everyone, regular commuters and visitors alike.’
      • ‘All are welcome regular golfers, juniors, beginners and visitors.’
      • ‘As there are still few options or places to park for those employees, it's still a hot topic with shopkeepers who claim they are causing regular shoppers to drive on due to a lack of space.’
      • ‘Flowers, left by local people, fill the porch of the 19 th-century chapel where the Queen Mother was a regular worshipper.’
      • ‘And he became a regular customer of mine, always drinking top-flight Burgundy.’
      • ‘Teba, who is a regular worshipper at St Michael-Le-Belfry Church, helped out at the local school in Oussouye.’
      • ‘The Mayor, who is a regular Saturday morning visitor to the market, said that it was doubly pleasing for him that the market had come about during his mayoralty.’
      • ‘The three-day event saw its regular royal visitor Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, drop by.’
      • ‘Mr Lennon was a regular Sunday evening visitor to the Old Castle Inn but he was not known as a heavy drinker.’
      • ‘At present, the regular worshippers have found it difficult to find funds for routine running expenses.’
    3. 2.3 (of a person) defecating or menstruating at predictable times.
      • ‘The subjects were healthy premenopausal women with regular menstrual periods.’
      • ‘Women with regular menstrual cycles should begin testing for urinary LH about 3 days prior to expected ovulation.’
      • ‘Patients were required to have had regular menstrual cycles and to have reported their symptoms for at least two years.’
      • ‘Whether the patient has a history of regular or irregular menstrual cycles does not appear to be a contributing factor.’
      • ‘It requires a regular menstrual cycle and is most effective in a long-term relationship.’
      • ‘He will defecate normally in his box, and behave regular.’
      • ‘If cycles become regular, it is worth continuing for six months at this dose.’
      • ‘Earlier onset of regular menstrual cycles is associated with early regular ovulatory menstrual cycles, a risk factor for the disease.’
      • ‘However, approximately 20 percent of active women don't experience regular menstrual periods.’
  • 3Conforming to or governed by an accepted standard of procedure or convention.

    ‘policies carried on by his deputies through regular channels’
    • ‘Why didn't you let it come through the regular process?’
    • ‘Shourie panicked, while the finance ministry tried to put up a brave face, saying it was just a regular correction.’
    • ‘The speaker of the house is suggesting that he wants to see all of this move in regular order.’
    • ‘The court expected appeal hearing to be a regular process and assigned three days.’
    • ‘The Geneva Code allows the shooting of spies, that's been a regular process for a long time.’
    • ‘Special constables have the same powers as regular police constables.’
    • ‘Her Majesty will open the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and break new ground by becoming the first public figure to address a regular sitting of the Scottish Parliament.’
    • ‘This is especially obnoxious on a widescreen display, but there is even extra space on a regular television.’
    • ‘Potted roses aren't less work or responsibility; they simply take up less space than a regular rose garden.’
    • ‘We went through the regular processes you go through for something like this and emerged through the other side in late 2003.’
    • ‘‘I just hope they can settle it and get on with the regular function of the school,’ he said.’
    • ‘Educational needs are diverse, and not necessarily attuned to the patterns of regular schools or for those clever and strong enough to make it to maturity.’
    • ‘The top panel slides down onto the bottom so it takes up half the space a regular trellis would.’
    • ‘They don't even have the hard drive space and memory that regular laptops have.’
    • ‘This freedom from regular space constraints is perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of the competition from an artist's point of view.’
    established, conventional, orthodox, proper, formal, official, fixed, stated, approved, sanctioned, bona fide, standard, usual, traditional, classic, time-honoured, tried and tested, tried and trusted
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    1. 3.1attributive Of or belonging to the permanent professional armed forces of a country.
      ‘a regular soldier’
      • ‘Indigenous regular armies, although fighting in their own country and more numerous than foreign forces, were subordinate to them.’
      • ‘Recruitment for the regular army has always been difficult.’
      • ‘If you did that, you would be part of the regular Army.’
      • ‘Many of these people are former regular professional military folks, both commissioned officers and enlisted personnel.’
      • ‘In July 1962, further efforts were made to transform the Kuwait irregular infantry into a regular force.’
      • ‘In September 1939 its regular component, the Permanent Force, totalled only 5,385 men.’
      • ‘They get paid a lot better than the regular army, have better equipment, barracks and rations.’
      • ‘The only way to make up the deficiency was to organize all men discharged from the regular Army into an enlisted reserve.’
      • ‘They were, essentially, already regular armies, but depended for manpower acquisition on mercenary recruitment.’
      • ‘Over the decades, especially since the 1980s, Special Forces techniques have been spreading to the regular army.’
      • ‘United States intelligence estimates 350,000 soldiers in the regular army, poorly equipped with low morale.’
      • ‘Apart from some garrison artillery, the regular army comprised staff officers and instructional cadres for the volunteer militia.’
      • ‘The Company would also hire regular army units for duty in India.’
      • ‘Many people are surprised to learn that the weapons and kit used by the SAS are largely the same as those available to regular British Army soldiers.’
      • ‘This was a bit of a gamble, for the regular army combat troops did not possess the same high degree of natural talents as the Special Forces people.’
      • ‘In 2005 the Army wants 80,000 new soldiers for the regular Army and 22,000 more for the reserves.’
      • ‘The combating of such terrorism entities takes well-equipped regular forces.’
      • ‘Responded to such concerns, a national defence force of regular units, militias, and Volunteer units was constructed.’
      • ‘Fighting an insurgency is unlike anything taught in regular military manuals.’
      • ‘The stability mission remains one for combat-ready soldiers, but in the U.S. sector, not one to be performed by the regular Army.’
    2. 3.2 (of a person) properly trained or qualified and pursuing a full-time occupation.
      ‘a strong distrust of regular doctors’
      • ‘When she checks out the position vacancy board at a large local hospital, on a board full of positions advertised for nurses, only five are regular full-time.’
      • ‘Government hospitals have a dental surgeon on duty day and night just like a regular duty doctor, Dr. Veerabahu says.’
      • ‘Free registration for Wednesday is available to all full-time, regular faculty members of schools of nursing.’
    3. 3.3Christian Church Subject to or bound by religious rule; belonging to a religious or monastic order.
      ‘the regular clergy’
      Contrasted with secular (sense 2 of the adjective)
      • ‘In addition to the regular clergy, these were served by 43 local preachers.’
      • ‘Moreover, there continued to be problems between the secular and regular clergy.’
      • ‘A second branch of the clerical hierarchy was composed of nuns and monks who were members of the regular religious orders.’
      • ‘Among regular clergy, the orders of friars retained a slightly double-edged esteem among the laity as skilled confessors and dramatic preachers.’
      • ‘In many countries there were more regular than secular clergy.’
    4. 3.4dated, informal Rightly so called; complete; absolute (used for emphasis)
      ‘this place is a regular fisherman's paradise’
      • ‘The Blackmon place was a regular old time slave plantation.’
      • ‘The place was a regular wake.’
      • ‘The two on the side were regular rookies, they'll cower upon orders and fail to obey when it really counts.’
      utter, real, absolute, complete, thorough, thoroughgoing, total, unmitigated, outright, out-and-out, perfect, consummate, surpassing, sheer, rank, pure, unqualified, inveterate, positive, dyed-in-the-wool, true-blue, undiluted, unalloyed, unadulterated, in every respect
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  • 4Used, done, or happening on a habitual basis; usual; customary.

    ‘I couldn't get an appointment with my regular barber’
    ‘our regular suppliers’
    • ‘Imagine having access to a car whenever you need it, but without the hassle of registration, insurance and having to find regular parking space.’
    • ‘At 7: 15, I get off the ice and change back into my regular clothes, then I go home with Mom.’
    • ‘The three of them walked out of the room and left me to change into regular clothes.’
    • ‘He walked out of the bathroom area, going to his locker to change back into his regular clothes, but deciding to wait until he cooled off completely.’
    • ‘This pedicure is designed for those who want more than just the regular change of toe-nail polish.’
    • ‘These were probably formulaic, and he was able to tinker with his regular format to suit.’
    • ‘Please view the italics as simply the opposite of the regular format, and vice versa.’
    • ‘As well as the regular engines, visitors will be able to ride steam engines from 11 am.’
    • ‘My heart beat instantly dropped to its regular rhythm, seeing that it was only Rachel.’
    • ‘Red and black threes have special properties as in regular canasta.’
    • ‘However, the slowness of the official channels, and Nicholas's desire to have all strings in his own hand, caused him to bypass the regular processes.’
    • ‘I figured they would be a change from my regular studs.’
    • ‘Then it's just like the regular process for the other stuff I'm making.’
    • ‘Along with its regular induction, the Songwriters Hall of Fame also doles out a few special prizes.’
    • ‘Moreover, server processors very often boast some features, which will be of absolutely no use in regular desktop platforms.’
    • ‘Nickione had changed back to his regular form and sat on the sidewalk holding Kristianna.’
    • ‘Jumping up, she changed into her regular work clothes even though school was over for that day.’
    • ‘We now know how to change basic permissions on regular files, but what about directories?’
    • ‘Books in digital format, also known as e-books, can be read on devices lacking the power and screen space to afford a regular Web browser.’
    • ‘Only with this view, the design of tree guards is changed from the regular ones.’
    usual, normal, customary, habitual, routine, typical, everyday, accustomed, established, expected, wonted, ordinary, daily, common
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    1. 4.1North American Of a normal or ordinary kind; not special.
      ‘it's richer than regular pasta’
      • ‘Instead, we decided to hang up the heavier long underwear like regular clothing and simply bundle our lighter underwear with a rubber band.’
      • ‘Specials have the same powers as regular constables, and the role can provide useful experience for anyone thinking of a career in the police force.’
      • ‘There would be a regular network and some secret networks.’
      • ‘It is three times more efficient as regular gasoline.’
      • ‘Hardcoded types are to generic code what magic constants are to regular code.’
      • ‘Also to have your pc online at the same time, simply buy and install a regular network card into your pc.’
      • ‘Unlike regular people they didn't have weekends normally and classes would start tomorrow like they always did.’
      • ‘Their regular food is kebab roll, shwarma or biryani, as they are forever short of funds and settle for the cheaper, greasier fast food variety.’
      • ‘At any time, incorporate single-discipline routines or individual moves into your regular exercise regimen.’
      • ‘If a regular person would have just used them for a little bit, he or she would have been unconscious for days or weeks, or they could have died.’
      • ‘The strike, which commenced in the first week of July, brought regular functions of almost all departments to a grinding halt.’
      • ‘For regular bar food prices, these are very reasonable.’
      • ‘With all the fat-free products on the market today, is it best for someone on a diet to eat these products, or is it best to eat regular foods in moderation?’
      • ‘Additionally, it may be best to separate storage traffic from regular network traffic.’
      • ‘After her treatment was changed from buffered regular insulin to lispro insulin, her glucose concentration sometimes fluctuated unexpectedly.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, US consumers who buy hybrids will receive tax credits, regardless of whether their car has the same fuel efficiency as a regular car.’
      • ‘Council employees will then visit householders in that area to advise them how to use their green bin and help them to ensure there is space inside their regular rubbish bin for the remainder of their waste.’
      • ‘The pages seem bigger than they really are: intellectually, you know it's the size of a regular comic, but the artwork explodes beyond the confines of the page.’
      normal, average, ordinary, standard, routine, run-of-the-mill, stock, orthodox, conventional, predictable, unsurprising, unremarkable, unexceptional
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    2. 4.2North American (of a person) not pretentious or arrogant; ordinary and friendly.
      ‘advertising agencies who try to portray their candidates as regular guys’
      • ‘As if he were just some regular person getting a ride somewhere.’
      • ‘She asked Renae as if they were two regular teenage best friends gossiping.’
      • ‘The reporter treks across America interviewing a host of experts on fast food and an equal number of regular folk while chowing down.’
      • ‘To these people I knew I was not just a regular person, I was something that they wanted to protect, but hurt by doing so.’
      • ‘I was your regular average sized girl, but I was tough and I wouldn't back down easily.’
      • ‘They live and act like regular people, but they're on his payroll.’
      • ‘Opening space to regular folks, he believes, will accelerate our progress back to the moon and eventually to Mars.’
      • ‘No other movie this year presented regular people so finely drawn.’
      • ‘He may see himself as a regular sort of guy, but he is morally responsible for atrocities.’
      • ‘But then they love the illusion that they're just regular guys having a regular night out.’
      • ‘Really, he was a guy but well, he wasn't a very regular guy-ish guy.’
      friendly, affable, amicable, cordial, neighbourly, hospitable, companionable, gregarious, convivial, clubbable
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    3. 4.3 (chiefly in commercial use) denoting merchandise, especially food or clothing, of average, medium, or standard size.
      ‘a shake and regular fries’
      • ‘The average length of a regular stride is about 21, 25 feet, but the first three strides are very quick.’
      • ‘For this project, our concerns about vendor compatibility between the embedded side and the Linux side pushed us to regular packet size.’
      • ‘By human standards it was about the size of a regular door.’
      • ‘Being five inches in diameter, the doorknobs were more than twice the size of regular glass doorknobs of the same period and style.’
      • ‘We bought the exact same things: slice of pizza, a regular size fry, and a bottle of juice.’
      • ‘Avoid ordering any size larger than a regular hamburger or small fries.’
      • ‘An area two or three times the size of a regular classroom has been made into an outdoor classroom at St Peter's Smithills Dean CE Primary School.’
      • ‘Start by buying the slender regular sizes (they are the smallest and easiest to insert).’
      • ‘He pointed to a regular sized figure that had a katana.’
      • ‘With the rise of online play, newfangled regular size discs, and violence, Nintendo is having trouble keeping up.’
      • ‘Take a diet soft drink instead of a regular soft drink, don't supersize those French fries, get the regular size.’
      • ‘Considering they fail to exceed the average size of regular apartments, prospective tenants may baulk at the use of the term penthouse.’
      • ‘The regular size was huge, what they miss in quality they try to make up for in quantity.’
      standard, ordinary, average
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    4. 4.4 (in surfing and other board sports) with the left leg in front of the right on the board.
      • ‘What do you mean you are a switch foot rider? You are either regular or goofy footed.’
      • ‘Those that have mastered the trick fall into a special category that is neither regular or goofy foot, but switch foot.’
  • 5Grammar
    (of a word) following the normal pattern of inflection.

    ‘a regular verb’
    • ‘All verbs are regular & have only one form for each tense or mood; they are not altered for person or number.’
    • ‘The error lies in assuming that the syntax is the domain of the fully regular and predictable.’
    • ‘On the one hand, we can analyse the expression as a regular verb phrase, consisting of a transitive verb followed by its nominal direct object.’
    • ‘All new verbs in English are regular, as in glitz, glitzed, glitzed.’
    • ‘If a regular pronoun and indicative mood are used, it shows that the speaker asserts that the report is true.’
  • 6Geometry
    (of a figure) having all sides and all angles equal.

    ‘a regular polygon’
    • ‘The works were composed of very elongated parallelograms and regular trapezoids.’
    • ‘These three groups are the fundamental polyform families, being derived from the three regular polygons.’
    • ‘But the polygon is a regular polygon, and there's a chart for those in your book, here.’
    • ‘This ratio occurs several times in the theory of regular polygons and polyhedra.’
    • ‘Vash and Yuri's dorm is shaped like a regular pentagon.’
    1. 6.1 (of a solid) bounded by a number of equal figures.
      • ‘He assigned the tetrahedron to fire, because the tetrahedron is the regular solid with the sharpest angles, and because fire is the most penetrating of elements.’
      • ‘The engraving shows that Geometry / Melancholy has not succeeded in fashioning a regular dodecahedron.’
      • ‘A regular octahedron has faces that are all equilateral triangles.’
      • ‘From the beginning of the 15th century great interest was taken in the regular solids.’
      • ‘The regular tetrahedron is the most basic of all polyhedra.’

noun

  • 1A regular customer or member, for example of a bar, store, or team.

    ‘attracting a richer clientele as its regulars’
    • ‘Katie, a Spinning class regular on the bike next to mine, rolls her eyes to indicate the unusually packed studio.’
    • ‘A PUB regular was found dead in his home after staff realised he had not visited their bar for a few days.’
    • ‘He obviously doesn't do this for every customer, but regulars are asked to try a new item from time to time.’
    • ‘Any gym regular knows the symptoms: Dry, brittle, Flyaway hair that never Feels clean, even when you wash it daily.’
    • ‘The home team were missing some regulars but they fought hard throughout and could have been ahead in the early exchanges.’
    • ‘A regular at the pub, the dedicated family man toasted his nine decades with his usual - a pint of Guinness.’
    • ‘He's a regular on the red carpet and known for his lavish parties and glamorous life style.’
    • ‘A regular at a Cleckheaton pub has been immortalised in oils and hung on the wall.’
    • ‘They will be more than willing to give cards to any new promoters as well as the faithful regulars.’
    • ‘I didn't know her personally, but the young woman I was looking at was another regular at this place.’
    • ‘Keller was a particularly obnoxious and disgusting regular on the station.’
    • ‘But seriously, folks, these regulars just love the pub staff.’
    • ‘A regular at the pub, who asked not to be named, has been taken on as a temporary bouncer to stop them getting in.’
    • ‘McCarthy's squad is mostly composed of players who are not regulars with their club's first team.’
    • ‘A PUB regular will be enjoying his first legal pint on Sunday despite being 72 years old.’
    • ‘I walked towards the booth noticing all of the regulars and new customers.’
    • ‘Because you deal with a lot of politics, a lot of politicians are regulars on your show.’
    • ‘Himself and Mary settled well into the local life of Claremorris town and were regulars at the senior citizens parties over the years.’
    • ‘Management and staff extend appreciation to all customers, particularly regulars who gained not only health but wealth benefits.’
    • ‘In fact, according to the owner, most of the customers are regulars who come in more than once a week, and have been doing so since it opened eight years ago.’
    customer, buyer, purchaser, shopper, consumer, user
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    1. 1.1 A regular member of the armed forces.
      • ‘With archers and regulars in support, they should be able to stand against any infantry charge.’
      • ‘If the auxiliaries fought well, the regulars in the second and third ranks would move up to help in the fight.’
      • ‘For six weeks there was no confrontation between the militia and regulars, but they did exchange proclamations.’
      • ‘When he did so, on 3 July, he had 10,000 regulars under his command, and within a week he had recaptured the peninsula and taken 6,000 prisoners.’
      • ‘The final several months of the Pacific war saw American regulars and Filipino guerrillas steadily reducing the area controlled by the Japanese.’
      • ‘At the start of the Spanish civil war they were the only combat-tested regulars in a short-service conscript army.’
      • ‘The presence of North Vietnamese Army regulars intermingled with the Viet Cong was becoming more and more evident.’
      • ‘Under these circumstances, the British army would not consist exclusively of regulars.’
      • ‘Later another telegram arrived to say my father was missing; he served as a regular with the Royal Marines.’
      • ‘We also have a lot of really nice U.S. Navy, Marines and Air Force members who are regulars.’
      • ‘The nation relied on volunteers to augment the regulars in the Continental Army, which demobilized rapidly after the war.’
      • ‘Reservists have been extended beyond the terms of their contracts, regulars are meeting themselves coming and going, and the military cupboard is bare.’
      • ‘Instead, the primary US focus remained on killing guerrillas and North Vietnamese regulars.’
      • ‘All of them, including two of their wives, had been Army regulars and had fought in Angola, where they had run into Mrs. Jachimczek.’
      • ‘Guards ignored the call or mustered in battalions more often seen to shield demonstrators from army regulars than to hold back the unruly.’
      • ‘Two days ago, these regulars and militias were almost hysterical with tension.’
      • ‘This was more disturbing given that there are over two million regulars on the muster roles of NATO's continental armies.’
      • ‘The army that fought World War I was composed of regulars, National Guardsmen, and individual volunteers.’
      • ‘There was a tremendous amount of soldiers there defending the armory, but they were inexperienced Guardsmen, not regulars.’
      • ‘Should our army be based on regulars or militia?’
    2. 1.2US A member of a political party who is faithful to that party.
      ‘he plans to sell tickets to the big-money party regulars’
      • ‘Among the panelled walls, stained glass skylights and beetling, tuxedoed waiters you will see tributes to famous literary and political regulars.’
      • ‘So I think he'd be a non-starter for the party regulars.’
      • ‘When the Mississippi Freedom Delegation tried to seat itself in the Democratic convention of 1964, the party regulars fought savagely and successfully to drive them out.’
      • ‘I mean, he doesn't like to go out drinking at night with the party regulars.’
      • ‘Desperate as the Democrats are to get back in the game, party regulars find Dean's surge alarming.’
    3. 1.3Christian Church One of the regular clergy.
      • ‘Overall the role of regulars was diminished and that of secular clergy and even laymen enhanced.’
      • ‘It's a very middle-class church, and the regulars are inviting.’
      • ‘Only 46 were bishops; so that the nobles, canons, and regulars who had hitherto controlled all the levers of power in the Church were exposed as lacking the confidence of their subordinates.’
      • ‘As a regular at my church, formal dress (suit and tie) was the norm for me.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French reguler, from Latin regularis, from regula ‘rule’.

Pronunciation

regular

/ˈreɡyələr//ˈrɛɡjələr/