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current

adjective cur·rent \ ˈkər-ənt , ˈkə-rənt \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of current

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

currently

adverb

currentness

noun

Examples of current in a Sentence

  1. The dictionary's current edition has 10,000 new words.

  2. Who is your current employer?

  3. We need to keep current with the latest information.

Recent Examples of current from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of current

Middle English curraunt, from Anglo-French corant, present participle of cure, courre to run, from Latin currere — more at car

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current

noun

Definition of current

1 a : 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
2 a : 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

Examples of current in a Sentence

  1. Strong currents pulled the swimmer out to sea.

  2. Air currents carried the balloon for miles.

  3. The circuit supplies current to the saw.

Recent Examples of current from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of current

Synonym Discussion of current

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

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CURRENT Defined for English Language Learners

current

adjective

Definition of current for English Language Learners

  • : happening or existing now : belonging to or existing in the present time

  • : aware of what is happening in a particular area of activity


current

noun

Definition of current for English Language Learners

  • : a continuous movement of water or air in the same direction

  • : a flow of electricity

  • : an idea, feeling, opinion, etc., that is shared by many or most of the people in a group


CURRENT Defined for Kids

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current

adjective cur·rent \ ˈkər-ənt \

Definition of current for Students

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

Word Root of current

The Latin word currere, meaning “to run,” and its form cursus give us the roots curr and curs. Words from the Latin currere have something to do with running. A current is the direction in which a river runs or flows. When two people concur, their ideas or opinions run together in agreement. A course is the path over which something moves or runs.

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current

noun

Definition of current for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

current

noun cur·rent \ ˈkər-ənt, ˈkə-rənt \

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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