regularreg‧u‧lar1 /ˈreɡjələ $ -ər/ ●●●S2W2 adjective1REGULARevery hour/day/week etc happening every hour, every week, every month etc, usually with the same amount of time in between opp irregularThe 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)2OFTENoften [only before noun] happening or doing something very often opp irregulara regular occurrenceRegular exercise helps keep your weight down.regular customer/visitorHe’s one of the bar’s regular customers.Penn Station was in regular use (=people used it often) until the 1960s.3usual [only before noun]ORDINARY especially American Englishnormal or usualHe has returned to his regular duties.Our regular opening hours are 10am to 7pm.4equal distance with the same amount of space between each thing and the next opp irregularThe pipes were placed at regular intervals.a carpet with a regular pattern of flowers5ordinary especially American EnglishORDINARYordinary, without any special feature or qualitiesa regular type of guy
6normal size [only before noun] especially American EnglishORDINARY of a normal or standardsizea regular Coke7shapeCF evenly shaped with parts or sides of equal sizea regular hexagonHe’s very handsome, with strong regular features (=an evenly shaped face).8grammar technicalSLG a regularverb 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. opp irregular9emphasizing [only before noun] British English informalVERY used to emphasize what you think someone is like syn realHe’s a regular little dictator!10 →regular army/troops/soldier11 →be/keep regular
at regular intervals• Better to feed small amounts at regular intervals.• If using a cone, spray again at regular intervals.• Now for the decorations ... Push the gold candles into the icing at regular intervals.• The fog-horn, its sound now muffled by the houses, continued to bleat at regular intervals.• He may be required to report to a particular individual or place at regular intervals as part of a monitoring process.• He made long sweeps at regular intervals in and around the Teeth, but there was nothing.• They would have to field candidates for a variety of offices at regular intervals or risk being closed.• By practicing at regular intervals, the insight and calm of meditation are maintained and amplified.regular features• He was a small man, with very soft, startling black hair and small regular features.• It will be full of regular features!• These fine, regular features do not come from me.• She brushed fiercely, supporting the fall, and considered her perfectly regular features in the mirror.• His regular features would have been handsome if they had not all been slightly too large.
regularregular2 noun1[countable] informalBBT someone who often goes to the same bar, restaurant etc or who takes part in an activity very oftenThe barman knows all the regulars by name.2[countable]PMA a soldier whose permanent job is in the army3[uncountable] American EnglishTTCpetrol that contains lead
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regular• Joe became a regular on the circuit of social Washington.• But regulars are right behind the pinkpub.• Julie Riley and Paula Wilcox are excellent as the hard-bittencontestantregulars.• The chances of recruiting enough regulars seemed slender in the conditions of overfull employmentprevailing in Britain in the 1950s.• He and the rest of the Grillregulars would gladly grub the stumps out of the town lot with their own hands.• Early morning regulars were surprised to find the coffee shop closed.• He never played in the same pub twice in the same month; even so, word got around among the regulars.• The regulars show up later, after supper.From Longman Business Dictionaryregularreg‧u‧lar1 /ˈregjələ-ər/ adjective1happening at the same time each day, month, year etc, usually quite oftenAt least the job guarantees you a regular income.Payments should be madeat regular intervals, preferably weekly.Make sure you back up the data on a regular basis.2[only before a noun] especially American English of a normal or standard size or amountWe offer three sizes: small, regular and large.Save 30% off the regular price.3regular customer/client a customer who always goes to the same shop or uses the same serviceA discount is available to our regular customers.4regular staff/employeesHUMAN RESOURCES people who work for a company for the whole of the working day or week, not for just some of the timeunion fears that casual workers were replacing regular staffregularregular2 noun [countable]British English informal a customer who goes to the same shop etc very oftenShe’s one of our regulars.