current

adjective
cur·​rent | \ ˈkər-ənt, ˈkə-rənt\

Definition of current

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a 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

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

currently adverb
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

Until then, browse her current selection of coats at milenasilvano.shop. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Still Need a Winter Coat? Milena Silvano’s Upcycled Sheepskins Belong at the Top Your Wish List," 10 Jan. 2019 This macronutrient breakdown is fairly close to current dietary recommendations from the United States Department of Agriculture, which recommend 55 to 60% complex carbs, 30 percent fat and 15% protein to help prevent cardiovascular disease. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "What Is the Keto Diet, Exactly?," 27 Dec. 2018 Say It With Gas Tanks Award RIP landscape architect Richard Haag, whose Gas Works Park in Seattle, initiated in 1971, set the table for current proliferation of urban landscapes which build on, over and through the urban industrial past. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "2018 in architecture: The good, the bad, and the urbanism," 27 Dec. 2018 The town newspaper, The Placencia Breeze, gives an impression of current concerns, advertising the chocolate festival (May), a birding festival (October), and the big one, the lobster festival in June. Horatio Clare, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why You Should Go to Belize Now," 21 Dec. 2018 Design: Amy Armani From taking a new job to speaking out about something that doesn't feel right at your current one, there are plenty of opportunities in your work life to feel fear. Leah Melby Clinton, Marie Claire, "5 Pieces of Career Advice You've Never Heard Before," 13 Dec. 2018 My current one is a Petzl from 15 years ago, purchased for training in Norway with my Marine infantry unit. Andrew Northshield, Popular Mechanics, "A Former Marine Tests the Best Headlamps," 6 Nov. 2018 Condolences to all the current and hypothetical Heroes of the Storm pros who just found this out right before the holidays, and to any developers potentially affected. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Heroes of the Storm winds down, Monster Hunter adds The Witcher's Geralt," 14 Dec. 2018 Those terms are not fully defined in the current law but are set to be added in the forthcoming amendments. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Australia passes new law to thwart strong encryption," 6 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Diabo is more advanced, with more rocks and currents to negotiate. Jamie Brisick, WSJ, "The Rush of Bodysurfing in Rio: A Traveler’s Guide," 3 Jan. 2019 The rate of rise is expected to accelerate as the oceans warm, sea water expands, currents weaken and polar ice sheets melt. Fox News, "After Florence, barrier islands still doomed by rising sea," 13 Sep. 2018 That outline of Apple’s current notch shape has already become a brand identifier for Apple. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "2018 was a weird notch year — what’s next?," 18 Dec. 2018 The raptor will tell you where the thermals — the uplifting air currents — are. Alan Berner, The Seattle Times, "Go, hawks: Sailplane pilots look to birds for flying tips," 23 Nov. 2018 Puyol's team decided to add an external electric current. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Bacteria Could Transform Human Feces and Wastewater Into Energy," 13 Nov. 2018 And three years later at Imperial College London, another unexplained current popped up that also perfectly matched theoretical predictions. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, "Scientists Hunt for A Seeming Paradox: A Magnet With Only One Pole," 13 Nov. 2018 When the flight landed, paramedics arrived but were unable to find an electrical current in Natasha’s heart to deliver a shock from the defibrillator. Fox News, "Teen with severe allergy died after eating baguette with hidden sesame seeds, family claims," 24 Sep. 2018 Volunteers scoured the city’s river banks for trash and the city partnered with the Recycled Island Foundation to set passive litter traps in the river and port to capture plastic waste via the stream’s natural current. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "This floating park is made entirely from recycled plastic," 16 July 2018

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First Known Use of current

Adjective

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

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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More Definitions for current

current

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of current

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

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

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

current

adjective
cur·​rent | \ ˈkər-ənt \

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 \

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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