Meaning of NORMAL in English

I. nor ‧ mal 1 S1 W1 AC /ˈnɔːm ə l $ ˈnɔːr-/ BrE AmE adjective

[ Word Family: noun : NORMALITY/NORMALCY ≠ ↑ abnormality , ↑ normal , ↑ normalization ; verb : ↑ normalize ; adverb : ↑ normally ≠ ↑ abnormally ; adjective : ↑ normal ≠ ↑ abnormal ]

[ Date: 1400-1500 ; Language: Latin ; Origin: normalis , from norma ; ⇨ ↑ norm ]

1 . usual, typical, or expected:

A normal working week is 40 hours.

it is normal (for somebody) to do something

It’s normal to feel nervous before an exam.

quite/perfectly etc normal

Her room was untidy, but that was quite normal.

She was assessed in the normal way, and placed on the waiting list.

All I want is to lead a normal life.

2 . someone who is normal is mentally and physically healthy and does not behave strangely OPP abnormal :

He seems a perfectly normal little boy.

They can’t be normal to do something like that.

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■ adverbs

▪ completely normal

The test results came back, and everything was completely normal.

▪ perfectly normal (=completely normal)

Her reaction to the news was perfectly normal.

▪ quite normal (=completely normal)

He sounded quite normal when he phoned.

▪ fairly/pretty normal

His family all seem pretty normal.

■ nouns

▪ a normal life

All I want is to lead a happy, normal life.

■ phrases

▪ as normal (=used to emphasize that something happens very regularly)

John and Liz were late as normal.

▪ in/under normal circumstances

Under normal circumstances, you would have to pay to go into the exhibition.

▪ in the normal way

The results will be posted to you in the normal way.

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▪ normal usual, typical, and as you would expect it to be:

Is this cold weather normal for the time of year?


It had been another normal working day in the office.

▪ ordinary ( also regular especially American English ) not special, unusual, or different from normal:

They lived in an ordinary three-bedroomed house.


It looks like an ordinary car, but it uses solar power.


Would you like a regular salad or a Caesar salad?


I just want an ordinary bicycle, not a mountain bike.

▪ average [only before noun] around the usual level or amount:

She is of average height.


He is of above average intelligence.


The average price of a pint of milk has gone up.

▪ standard normal – used about methods of doing something, or about the size, shape, features etc of products:

It’s standard practice to X-ray hand-baggage at most airports.


We stock shoes in all the standard sizes.

▪ routine used about things that are done regularly as part of a series of things:

The fault was discovered during a routine check of the plane.


routine tasks such as shopping and cooking

▪ everyday [only before noun] used about things that happen or that you use as part of normal life:

He painted scenes of everyday life in France.


Sally was still dressed in her everyday clothes.

▪ common used about birds and plants that are of the most usual type, and in the phrase the common people (=people who are not rich and powerful) :

the common goldfish


an alliance between the aristocracy and the common people

▪ conventional [only before noun] of the kind that is usually used – used when comparing this with a different or special type:

The engine is more efficient than a conventional diesel engine.


the drugs used in conventional medicine


conventional weapons (=not nuclear, chemical, or biological)


conventional ovens and microwaves

II. normal 2 AC BrE AmE noun [uncountable]

[ Word Family: noun : NORMALITY/NORMALCY ≠ ↑ abnormality , ↑ normal , ↑ normalization ; verb : ↑ normalize ; adverb : ↑ normally ≠ ↑ abnormally ; adjective : ↑ normal ≠ ↑ abnormal ]

the usual state, level, or amount:

Thankfully, train services are now back to normal.

Slowly her heartbeat returned to normal.

above/below normal

Car sales are still below normal for the time of year.

higher/larger/less etc than normal

The journey took longer than normal.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.