Meaning of REGULAR in English

REGULAR

/ ˈregjələ(r); NAmE / adjective , noun

■ adjective

FOLLOWING PATTERN

1.

following a pattern, especially with the same time and space in between each thing and the next :

regular breathing

a regular pulse / heartbeat

A light flashed at regular intervals .

There is a regular bus service to the airport.

regular meetings / visits

The equipment is checked on a regular basis .

OPP irregular

FREQUENT

2.

done or happening often :

Do you take regular exercise?

Domestic violence is a regular occurrence in some families.

OPP irregular

3.

[ only before noun ] ( of people ) doing the same thing or going to the same place often :

our regular customers

regular offenders (= against the law)

He was a regular visitor to her house.

USUAL

4.

[ only before noun ] usual :

I couldn't see my regular doctor today.

On Monday he would have to return to his regular duties.

It's important to follow the regular procedure.

EVEN

5.

having an even shape :

a face with regular features

a regular geometric pattern

OPP irregular

PERMANENT

6.

lasting or happening over a long period :

a regular income

She couldn't find any regular employment.

STANDARD SIZE

7.

( especially NAmE ) of a standard size :

Regular or large fries?

ORDINARY

8.

[ only before noun ] ( especially NAmE ) ordinary; without any special or extra features :

Do you want regular or diet cola?

( approving )

He's just a regular guy who loves his dog.

SOLDIER

9.

[ only before noun ] belonging to or connected with the permanent armed forces or police force of a country :

a regular army / soldier

OPP irregular

GRAMMAR

10.

( especially of verbs or nouns ) changing their form in the same way as most other verbs and nouns :

The past participle of regular verbs ends in '-ed'.

OPP irregular

FOR EMPHASIS

11.

( informal ) used for emphasis to show that sb/sth is an exact or clear example of the thing mentioned :

The whole thing was a regular disaster.

■ noun

CUSTOMER

1.

a customer who often goes to a particular shop / store, pub, restaurant, etc. :

He's one of our regulars.

MEMBER OF TEAM

2.

a person who often plays in a particular team, takes part in a particular television show, etc. :

We are missing six first-team regulars because of injury.

SOLDIER

3.

a professional soldier who belongs to a country's permanent army

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WORD ORIGIN

late Middle English : from Old French reguler , from Latin regularis , from regula rule.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.