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ordinary, commonplace, usual: an everyday occurrence
Not to be confused with:
every day – each day: He brings me the paper every day.
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1. Appropriate for ordinary days or routine occasions: a suit for everyday wear.
2. Commonplace; ordinary: everyday worries.
The ordinary or routine day or occasion: "It was not an isolated, violent episode. It had become part of the everyday" (Sherry Turkle).

eve′ry·day′ness n.
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1. happening each day; daily
2. commonplace or usual; ordinary
3. suitable for or used on ordinary days as distinct from Sundays or special days
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(ˈɛv riˌdeɪ; -ˈdeɪ)

1. of or pertaining to every day; daily: an everyday occurrence.
2. of or for ordinary days, as contrasted with Sundays, holidays, or special occasions: everyday clothes.
3. ordinary; commonplace.
eve`ry•day′ness, n.
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every day
1. 'everyday'

Everyday is an adjective. You use it to describe something that is normal and not exciting or unusual in any way.

...the everyday problems of living in the city.
Computers are a part of everyday life for most people.
2. 'every day'

Every day is an adverbial phrase. If something happens every day, it happens regularly each day.

Shanti asked the same question every day.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.everyday - found in the ordinary course of eventseveryday - found in the ordinary course of events; "a placid everyday scene"; "it was a routine day"; "there's nothing quite like a real...train conductor to add color to a quotidian commute"- Anita Diamant
ordinary - not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree; "ordinary everyday objects"; "ordinary decency"; "an ordinary day"; "an ordinary wine"
2.everyday - appropriate for ordinary or routine occasions; "casual clothes"; "everyday clothes"
informal - not formal; "conservative people unaccustomed to informal dress"; "an informal free-and-easy manner"; "an informal gathering of friends"
3.everyday - commonplace and ordinary; "the familiar everyday world"
familiar - within normal everyday experience; common and ordinary; not strange; "familiar ordinary objects found in every home"; "a familiar everyday scene"; "a familiar excuse"; "a day like any other filled with familiar duties and experiences"
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1. daily, day-to-day, diurnal, quotidian opportunities for improving fitness in your everyday routine
daily occasional, now and then, irregular, periodic, infrequent
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1. Of or suitable for ordinary days or routine occasions:
2. Occurring quite often:
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عادي، يَوْمييَوْمِيَّا


[ˈevrɪdeɪ] ADJ [occurrence, experience] → cotidiano; [expression] → corriente; [use] → diario, cotidiano; [shoes, clothes] → de uso diario
for everyday (use)de diario
in everyday usede uso corriente
everyday clothesropa f de diario
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[ˈɛvrideɪ] adj
(= usual) [life, routine] → quotidien(ne); [problem] → quotidien(ne)
Murder is an everyday occurrence in this part of town
BUT Il se produit des meurtres tous les jours dans ce quartier.
[expression] → courant(e), d'usage courant
[use] → courant(e)
to be in everyday use → être couramment utilisé(e)
for everyday use → destiné(e) à être utilisé(e) tous les jours
too expensive for everyday use → trop cher pour être utilisé tous les jours
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


adjalltäglich; realitytäglich; everyday clothesAlltagskleidung f; to be an everyday occurrence(all)täglich vorkommen; for everyday usefür den täglichen Gebrauch; words in everyday useWörter plder Alltagssprache; everyday languageAlltagssprache f; everyday peopleganz normale Menschen; everyday life or livingder Alltag; everyday worldAlltagswelt f
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[ˈɛvrɪˌdeɪ] adjquotidiano/a, di ogni giorno; (expression) → di uso corrente; (use, occurrence, experience) → comune; (shoes, clothes) → di tutti i giorni
it is not an everyday event → non capita tutti i giorni
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(ˈevri) adjective
1. each one of or all (of a certain number). Every room is painted white; Not every family has a car.
2. each (of an indefinite number or series). Every hour brought the two countries nearer war; He attends to her every need.
3. the most absolute or complete possible. We have every reason to believe that she will get better.
4. used to show repetition after certain intervals of time or space. I go to the supermarket every four or five days; Every second house in the row was bright pink; `Every other day' means èvery two days' or `on alternate days'.
ˈeverybody, ˈeveryone pronoun
every person. Everyone thinks I'm right.
ˈeveryday adjective
1. happening, done used etc daily. her everyday duties.
2. common or usual. an everyday event.
ˈeverything pronoun
all things. Have you everything you want?
ˈeverywhere adverb
(in or to) every place. The flies are everywhere; Everywhere I go, he follows me.
every bit as
just as. You're every bit as clever as he is.
every now and then / every now and again / every so often
occasionally. We get a letter from him every now and then.
every time
1. always; invariably. We use this method every time.
2. whenever. Every time he comes, we quarrel.

everybody, ~everyone are singular: Everybody is (not are) tired / Everyone should buy his own ticket .
see also their.
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An earthly virtue is it which I love: little prudence is therein, and the least everyday wisdom.
Exciting the crowd would have been to untravelled humans of civilization, and exciting it was to Jerry; although to Tom Haggin and Captain Van Horn it was a mere commonplace of everyday life.
Cathy is a sufficiently good little scholar, for her nine years; her mother taught her Spanish herself, and kept it always fresh upon her ear and her tongue by hardly ever speaking with her in any other tongue; her father was her English teacher, and talked with her in that language almost exclusively; French has been her everyday speech for more than seven years among her playmates here; she has a good working use of governess - German and Italian.
For man's everyday needs, it would have been quite enough to have the ordinary human consciousness, that is, half or a quarter of the amount which falls to the lot of a cultivated man of our unhappy nineteenth century, especially one who has the fatal ill-luck to inhabit Petersburg, the most theoretical and intentional town on the whole terrestrial globe.
Here we have an example from everyday, commonplace life.
Beneath his smile Rostov saw in him the mood he had shown at the Club dinner and at other times, when as if tired of everyday life he had felt a need to escape from it by some strange, and usually cruel, action.
But when a serious emergency tried the metal of which she was really made, the people who were loudest in laughing at her stood aghast, and wondered what had become of the familiar companion of their everyday lives.
It is interesting, too, to notice in this preface that here Chaucer calls his King "Lord of this English." We now often speak of the "King's English," so once again we see how an everyday phrase links us with the past.
But still the discussion went on, in ordinary conversational tones, and it brought Jurgis back to the everyday world.
People in a high station are of course more thought of and talked about and have their virtues more praised, than those whose lives are passed in humble everyday work; but every sensible man knows how necessary that humble everyday work is, and how important it is to us that it should be done well.
Her enthusiasm, and her violent likes and dislikes, asserted themselves in all the everyday occupations of life.
These fancies, and such as these, have always given to my meditations among the mountains and the forests, by the rivers and the ocean, a tinge of what the everyday world would not fail to term fantastic.

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