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commonly

[kom-uh n-lee] /ˈkɒm ən li/
adverb
1.
often; frequently:
commonly used words.
2.
usually; generally; ordinarily.
3.
in a common manner.
Origin of commonly
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English communeli(che). See common, -ly
Synonyms
2. normally, customarily, routinely.
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  • The minute you touch on religion, as commonly understood, you reach the sectarian.

  • We commonly make it the last, if we ever make it at all; but it is the first and the ruling one.

  • Apples in some form or other are commonly served with goose.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • Katy stood in what is commonly designated as a "brown study."

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • Prisoners, too, are commonly allowed to help themselves in a variety of ways.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for commonly

commonly

/ˈkɒmənlɪ/
adverb
1.
usually; ordinarily: he was commonly known as Joe
2.
(derogatory) in a coarse or vulgar way: she dresses commonly
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Word Origin and History for commonly
adv.

c.1300, "in a way common to all," also "common to all;" also "usually," from common (adj.) + -ly (2).

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