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

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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

Pre-retirement seniors face a big wealth gap The report found a big difference between today’s retired population, and the current over-50 demographic. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Senior housing: Older Americans face affordability, accessibility challenges," 14 Nov. 2018 The photos taken by the current camera are very blurred. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Samsung Galaxy S10 rumors: It won't have a notch but it might have... a hole?," 13 Nov. 2018 During the peak morning rush hour, the MTA expects to handle almost 12,000 hourly arriving G train riders at Court Square, a 140% increase from the current rate of just under 5,000 riders per hour. Paul Berger, WSJ, "Long Island City Transit Hub Braces for a Rider Surge From the L Train Shutdown," 12 Nov. 2018 While doing so, Shrem allegedly spirited away 5,000 bitcoins now worth over $31 million at current exchange rates. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Judge to Winklevoss twins: You can’t seize $31M in allegedly stolen assets," 9 Nov. 2018 The world's plastic crisis is continuing to worsen—so much so that the UNEP estimates if current pollution rates continue, oceans will have more plastic than fish by the year 2050. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Burberry, H&M, L'Oreal and More Sign on to Address Global Plastic Crisis," 29 Oct. 2018 Some estimates predict that at the current rate, hundreds of thousands more could die in the next decade of opioid overdoses alone. German Lopez, Vox, "Trump just signed a bipartisan bill to confront the opioid epidemic," 24 Oct. 2018 While drawing heavily on their predecessor styles, revival styles take a previous generation's architecture and revisit it in their current cultural and technological style, effectively reinventing it for their own needs. Maggie Burch, House Beautiful, "So What Is Dutch Colonial Style, Anyway?," 23 Oct. 2018 There are theories that they might be involved with the planet's current rate of shrinking and its past volcanic activity, but nobody knows for sure. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The BepiColombo Probe Is About to Being a 7-Year Mission to Mercury," 19 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Both constructs are nebulous and, in a dynamic economy constantly buffeted by myriad cross currents, impossible for central bankers to control. Amar Bhidé, WSJ, "Congress Should Set the Fed’s Inflation Target—Ideally at Zero," 6 Nov. 2018 Thanks to the warm-water flow of the fabled Gulf Stream current, the ocean in West Palm Beach averages 78 degrees all year round. Noel Cymone Walker, SELF, "7 Lessons I Learned the Hard Way Wearing My Hair Natural at the Beach," 25 Sep. 2018 An antenna is typically a collection of metal rods that pick up passing radio waves and convert their energy into an electrical current, which is then amplified. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "A new antenna using single atoms could usher in the age of atomic radio," 19 Sep. 2018 Staying current on that debt requires that foreign investors continue to entrust funds to Turkey — an increasingly questionable proposition. New York Times, "Turkey’s Economy Is So Hot That It May Face a Meltdown," 10 July 2018 Proceeds from the 5K will be used to keep the educational technology current, race coordinator Brad Brandl said. Ginger Brashinger, Daily Southtown, "Neighboring parochial schools team up for Tour de Oak Lawn race series," 15 June 2018 The dense fog that arises from the Humboldt current, called the camanchaca, can be harvested with the help of a coastal mountain range and strong winds. The Economist, "The feisty fog-catchers of Chile," 14 June 2018 Both women started having trouble swimming because of the strong currents; the first 911 call was received at 2:17 a.m., Richert said. Lou Whitmire, USA TODAY, "18-year-old Ohio woman dies after being sucked through dam spillway," 14 June 2018 Real-time currents, water levels, rising tides and other oceanographic information is now available to the public after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, aka NOAA, installed an advance sensor device in Port Everglades. Ellie Rushing, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Broward residents can now track rising sea levels, tides and storms in real time," 8 June 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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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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