View synonyms for commonly


[ kom-uhn-lee ]


  1. often; frequently:

    commonly used words.

  2. usually; generally; ordinarily.

    Synonyms: routinely, customarily, normally

  3. in a common manner.


/ ˈkɒmənlɪ /


  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 History and Origins

Origin of commonly1

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English communeli(che); equivalent to common + -ly

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Example Sentences

In the 1920s, they were commonly used in tuberculosis sanatoriums, as these patients were prescribed fresh air.

Therefore, the signal of climate change showed up quite early relative to other things we think about more commonly, like the temperature record.

Some economists, Republicans and moderate Democrats have argued that this third round of “economic impact payments” — more commonly referred to as “stimulus checks” or “relief payments” — should go only to the hardest-hit families.

That threshold is commonly thought to be about 70% of the population.

Congee has a history as a famine food — rice stretched to last with the addition of extra water — and, more commonly nowadays, the ideal sick dish.

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Israel commonly holds people suspected of threatening national security for long periods without access to legal counsel.

The euphemism most commonly used by convicts for dying is to “be taken off the count.”

Two of the five victims commonly attributed to Jack the Ripper are now suspected of being killed by copycats.

He used the Arab acronym for ISIS or ISIL, as the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” commonly is known.

Its main role is commonly thought to be coordinating our movements.

The Potato is planted very sparingly south of Piedmont, and not so commonly there as in Savoy.

But if you restrict it, to the sense in which it is commonly applied to the angelic sex, I am not prepared to answer.

The war which wasted the Athenians for 27 years, commonly called the Peloponnesian war, began May 7th.

In gonorrhoea gonococci are sometimes found in the sediment, but more commonly in the "gonorrheal threads," or "floaters."

A child's attempt to represent a man appears commonly to begin by drawing a sort of circle for the front view of the head.


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