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Regular
See also: regulär

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Etymology

Borrowed from Anglo-Norman reguler, Middle French reguler, regulier, and their source, Latin r?gul?ris ("continuing rules for guidance"), from r?gula ("rule"), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *reg- ("move in a straight line").

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Adjective

regular (comparative more regular, superlative most regular)

  1. (Christianity) Bound by religious rule; belonging to a monastic or religious order (often as opposed to secular). [from 14th c.]
    regular clergy, in distinction from the secular clergy
    • 2002, Jones, Colin, The Great Nation, Penguin, published 2003, page 201:
      A quarter of a million strong in 1680, the clergy was only half as large in 1789. The unpopular regular clergy were the worst affected.
  2. Having a constant pattern; showing evenness of form or appearance. [from 15th c.]
    Synonyms: equable, uniform, unvarying; see also Thesaurus:steady
    Antonyms: chaotic, irregular; see also Thesaurus:unsteady
  3. (geometry, of a polygon) Both equilateral and equiangular; having all sides of the same length, and all (corresponding) angles of the same size [from 16th c.]
  4. (geometry, of a polyhedron) Whose faces are all congruent regular polygons, equally inclined to each other.
  5. Demonstrating a consistent set of rules; showing order, evenness of operation or occurrence. [from 16th c.]
    Synonyms: in order, ruly, tidy; see also Thesaurus:orderly
    Synonyms: chaotic, tumultuous; see also Thesaurus:disorderly
    • 2011 April 12, Kennedy, A[lison] L[ouise], The Guardian:
      April may be the cruellest month, but I am planning to render it civilised and to take my antibiotics in a regular manner.
  6. (now rare) Well-behaved, orderly; restrained (of a lifestyle etc.). [from 16th c.]
    Synonyms: decent, seemly, well-mannered
    Antonyms: degenerate, irregular
  7. Happening at constant (especially short) intervals. [from 17th c.]
    Synonyms: cyclical, frequent; see also Thesaurus:periodic
    Antonyms: irregular, noncyclic
    He made regular visits to go see his mother.
  8. (grammar, of a verb, plural, etc) Following a set or common pattern; according to the normal rules of a given language. [from 17th c.]
    Synonym: weak (verbs)
    Antonyms: irregular, strong (verbs)
    "Walked" is the past tense of the regular verb "to walk".
  9. (chiefly US) Having the expected characteristics or appearances; normal, ordinary, standard. [from 17th c.]
    Synonyms: basic, common, unremarkable; see also Thesaurus:normal, Thesaurus:common
    Antonyms: irregular, outlandish, weird; see also Thesaurus:strange
    • 1913, Lincoln, Joseph C[rosby], chapter 1, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      For a spell we done pretty well. Then there came a reg'lar terror of a sou'wester same as you don't get one summer in a thousand, and blowed the shanty flat and ripped about half of the weir poles out of the sand.
  10. (chiefly military) Permanently organised; being part of a set professional body of troops. [from 17th c.]
    Antonym: irregular
  11. Having bowel movements or menstrual periods at constant intervals in the expected way. [from 18th c.]
    Maintaining a high-fibre diet keeps you regular.
    • 2015, Bryson, Bill, The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes from a Small Island, page 206:
      Gulls cawed and wheeled overhead, dropping splatty white cluster bombs on rooftops and pavements. Goodness knows what those gulls eat, but it certainly keeps them regular.
  12. (colloquial) Exemplary; excellent example of; utter, downright. [from 18th c.]
    Synonyms: absolute, thorough, unalloyed; see also Thesaurus:total
    a regular genius; a regular John Bull
  13. (botany, zoology) Having all the parts of the same kind alike in size and shape.
    a regular flower; a regular sea urchin
  14. (crystallography) Isometric.
  15. (snowboarding) Riding with the left foot forward.
    Antonym: goofy
  16. (mathematical analysis, not comparable, of a Borel measure) Such that every set in its domain is both outer regular and inner regular.

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Adverb

regular (not comparable)

  1. (archaic, dialect, nonstandard) Regularly, on a regular basis.
    • 1861, George Eliot, Silas Marner, London: Penguin Books, published 1967, page 131:
      'And if the knowledge wasn'y well come by, why, you might ha' made up for it by coming to church reg'lar.'
    • 1961, Colin Thiele, The Sun on the Stubble, Melbourne: Rigby Limited, page 113:
      "Drain her every thousand, regular. Don't do it myself, o' course; just drop her in at the lubritorium."

Noun

regular (plural regulars)

  1. A member of the British Army (as opposed to a member of the Territorial Army or Reserve).
  2. A frequent, routine visitor to an establishment.
    Bartenders usually know their regulars by name.
  3. A frequent customer, client or business partner.
    This gentleman was one of the architect's regulars.
  4. (Canada) A coffee with one cream and one sugar.
  5. Anything that is normal or standard.
    • 2011, Jamie MacLennan, ZhaoHui Tang, Bogdan Crivat, Data Mining with Microsoft SQL Server 2008
      You separate the marbles by color until you have four groups, but then you notice that some of the marbles are regulars, some are shooters, and some are peewees.
  6. A member of a religious order who has taken the three ordinary vows.
  7. A number for each year, giving, added to the concurrents, the number of the day of the week on which the Paschal full moon falls.
  8. A fixed number for each month serving to ascertain the day of the week, or the age of the moon, on the first day of any month.

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Asturian

Etymology 1

Borrowed from Late Latin r?gul?ris.

Adjective

regular (epicene, plural regulares)

  1. regular
  2. fine, OK, average

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Etymology 2

Borrowed from Latin r?gul?re, present active infinitive of r?gul?. Compare the doublet reglar, borrowed earlier from the same source.

Verb

regular (first-person singular indicative present regulo, past participle reguláu)

  1. to regulate

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Catalan

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Borrowed from Late Latin r?gul?ris.

Adjective

regular (masculine and feminine plural regulars)

  1. regular (having a constant pattern)
    Antonym: irregular
  2. normal, average
  3. (geometry) regular (both equilateral and equiangular)
    Antonym: irregular

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Etymology 2

Borrowed from Latin r?gul?re, present active infinitive of r?gul?.

Verb

regular (first-person singular present regulo, past participle regulat)

  1. (transitive) to regulate

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Portuguese

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Borrowed from Late Latin r?gul?ris.

Adjective

regular m or f (plural regulares, comparable)

  1. regular
  2. average
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Derived terms

Etymology 2

Borrowed from Latin r?gul?. Compare the doublet regrar, borrowed earlier from the same source.

Verb

regular (first-person singular present indicative regulo, past participle regulado)

  1. to regulate
  2. to tune (an engine)
  3. to set (a watch, clock)
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Spanish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /re?u'la?/, [re?u'la?]

Etymology 1

Borrowed from Late Latin r?gul?ris.

Adjective

regular (plural regulares)

  1. regular, steady, even
  2. fair, fairly good, average
  3. common, ordinary, middling, so-so
  4. (grammar) regular

Etymology 2

Borrowed from Latin r?gul?re, present active infinitive of r?gul?.

Verb

regular (first-person singular present regulo, first-person singular preterite regulé, past participle regulado)

  1. to regulate
  2. to control
  3. to adjust
  4. to put in order

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