current

adjective
cur·​rent | \ ˈkər-ənt How to pronounce current (audio) , ˈkə-rənt\

Definition of current

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : occurring in or existing at the present time the current crisis current supplies current needs
(2) : presently elapsing the current year
(3) : most recent the magazine's current issue the current survey
b archaic : running, flowing
2 : generally accepted, used, practiced, or prevalent at the moment current fashions current ideas about education
3 : used as a medium of exchange

current

noun

Definition of current (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the part of a fluid body (such as air or water) moving continuously in a certain direction
b : the swiftest part of a stream
c : a tidal or nontidal movement of lake or ocean water
d : flow marked by force or strength
2a : a tendency or course of events that is usually the result of an interplay of forces currents of public opinion
b : a prevailing mood : strain
3 : a flow of electric charge also : the rate of such flow

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Other Words from current

Adjective

currentness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for current

Synonyms: Adjective

conventional, customary, going, popular, prevailing, prevalent, standard, stock, usual

Synonyms: Noun

direction, drift, leaning, run, tendency, tide, trend, wind

Antonyms: Adjective

nonstandard, unconventional, unpopular, unusual

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Noun

tendency, trend, drift, tenor, current mean movement in a particular direction. tendency implies an inclination sometimes amounting to an impelling force. a general tendency toward inflation trend applies to the general direction maintained by a winding or irregular course. the long-term trend of the stock market is upward drift may apply to a tendency determined by external forces the drift of the population away from large cities or it may apply to an underlying or obscure trend of meaning or discourse. got the drift of her argument tenor stresses a clearly perceptible direction and a continuous, undeviating course. the tenor of the times current implies a clearly defined but not necessarily unalterable course. an encounter that changed the current of my life

Examples of current in a Sentence

Adjective

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Noun

Strong currents pulled the swimmer out to sea. Air currents carried the balloon for miles. The circuit supplies current to the saw.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Recreational cannabis will be taxed on top of current state, county and local sales taxes, according to terms of the legislation. Alexandra Kukulka, chicagotribune.com, "Glenview trustees want to ‘say no right now’ to cannabis-selling businesses in the village, may revisit after seeing impact on other towns," 17 Sep. 2019 New studies confirmed that the current warming period is without precedent in the past two thousand years. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's magazine, "Findings," 16 Sep. 2019 It also would have required all current tobacco retailers to get a license and renew it annually. Angela Ruggiero, The Mercury News, "Voters of East Bay city to decide if sale of vape pens should be banned," 13 Sep. 2019 Chelsea winger Willian has, sadly, reiterated his desire to remain at Stamford Bridge for the foreseeable future, having now entered the final year of his current contract. SI.com, "5 Reasons Why Chelsea Shouldn't Offer Willian a New Contract," 17 Sep. 2019 The interface for comparing weapons is also a confusing mess, especially in shops, where seeing how new options compare to your current loot should be a data-visualization priority. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Borderlands 3 is a lot more Borderlands, in ways both good and bad," 17 Sep. 2019 That gap makes finding a quick conclusion of the current strike particularly difficult. Chris Isidore, CNN, "The GM strike was inevitable. How it will end isn't so clear," 17 Sep. 2019 Despite its current wildfires, Indonesia was a rare bright spot in a report on the world’s efforts to cut deforestation rates in half by 2020, as per the New York Declaration on Forests (NYDF). Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Is The Tech Sector Going On Climate Strike? — The Loop," 17 Sep. 2019 Boynton is to extend water and sewer service from current end points at Wilson Way. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Manchester subdivision approved," 17 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Before the dams were built in the 1960s and 1970s, the fish born in the Middle Fork were swept by strong spring currents 800 miles to the sea. Jim Robbins, New York Times, "How Long Before These Salmon Are Gone? ‘Maybe 20 Years’," 16 Sep. 2019 Other regional variations are caused by currents—which are expected to shift in response to climate change. The Economist, "Climate change is a remorseless threat to the world’s coasts," 17 Aug. 2019 Phrases from Solanas’s writing appear throughout, pulled by a current of images and flashbulb memories. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "“Valerie” Is an Extraordinary Love Letter to a Radical Feminist," 1 Aug. 2019 Much modern equipment that requires strong magnetic fields, which are induced by electrical currents, relies on superconducting technology. Martin Weil, BostonGlobe.com, "John Robert Schrieffer, Nobel laureate who studied superconductivity, dead at 88," 29 July 2019 Much modern equipment that requires strong magnetic fields, which are induced by electrical currents, relies on superconducting technology. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "John Robert Schrieffer, Nobel laureate who studied superconductivity, dies at 88," 29 July 2019 However, Earth's currents are driven by direct currents, whereas Jupiter's are not. Fox News, "Mysterious alternating currents found on Jupiter," 17 July 2019 Our ancestors did, and not linearly, like an army advancing out of Africa in a series of bold thrusts, but circuitously, sometimes in one direction, then in another, borne along by currents both without and within. National Geographic, "In the 21st century, we are all migrants," 17 July 2019 Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez and his daughter Valeria were swept away by the current near Matamoros, Mexico, and Brownsville, Texas, this week. Marcos Alemán, Twin Cities, "‘They died in each other’s arms,’ migrant’s mother says," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of current

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for current

Adjective

Latininization of Middle English corrant, curraunt, borrowed from Anglo-French curant, corant, present participle of coure, courir "to run, flow," going back to Latin currere "to run, roll, move swiftly, flow," going back to Indo-European *kr̥s-e- "run," whence also Greek epíkouros "helping, helper" (from *epíkorsos "running toward," with o-grade ablaut), Old Irish carr "cart, wagon," Welsh car "vehicle" (from Celtic *kr̥s-o-), and perhaps Germanic *hursa- horse entry 1

Note: The Indo-European base has generally been taken as a primary verb, though Latin is the only language in which it is so attested.

Noun

Latinization of Middle English curraunt, borrowed from Middle French courant, going back to Old French, noun derivative from corant, curant, present participle of coure, courir "to run, flow" — more at current entry 1

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current

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of current

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: happening or existing now : belonging to or existing in the present time
chiefly US : aware of what is happening in a particular area of activity

current

noun

English Language Learners Definition of current (Entry 2 of 2)

: a continuous movement of water or air in the same direction
: a flow of electricity
formal : an idea, feeling, opinion, etc., that is shared by many or most of the people in a group

current

adjective
cur·​rent | \ ˈkər-ənt How to pronounce current (audio) \

Kids Definition of current

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : now passing the current month
2 : occurring in or belonging to the present time current events
3 : generally and widely accepted, used, or practiced current customs

current

noun

Kids Definition of current (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a body of fluid (as air or water) moving in a specified direction
2 : the swiftest part of a stream
3 : the general course : trend
4 : a flow of electricity

current

noun
cur·​rent | \ ˈkər-ənt, ˈkə-rənt How to pronounce current (audio) \

Medical Definition of current

1 : the part of a fluid body (as air or water) moving continuously in a certain direction
2 : a flow of electric charge also : the rate of such flow

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