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



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


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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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


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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

The no-time-limit ARF facility outgrew its current crowded location in Berea a long time ago. Beth Mlady,, "Berea Animal Rescue Friends breaks ground for new facility," 12 July 2019 Without state funding, 18 Civil Air Patrol aircraft will need to be consolidated from 14 current locations across Alaska and utility costs will need to be cut, which officials say will delay response times and lead to longer missions. Jeff Parrott, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska Civil Air Patrol commander warns of budget cut’s impact on search and rescue efforts," 12 July 2019 Defenders and apologists of the current system should look at Oregon, one of the few states in the union with a Democratic supermajority. Mike Gravel, Fortune, "Mike Gravel: Why the American People Need Their Own Legislature," 11 July 2019 Its current location moved it as far away as possible from all other buildings, Lochrie said. Laurel Weibezahn,, "Las Olas Marina plans grow bigger," 9 July 2019 That is a short walk from its current San Jose location at 500 Santana Row, a 235,000-square-foot building. George Avalos, The Mercury News, "Santana Row’s big new office campus gets underway this month in San Jose," 9 July 2019 Whisman and Lee began the academy at their home before moving to their first space near 131st Street and State Road 37 a few years later and finally to their current 7,000-square-foot location at east 126th Street and Cumberland Road in 2010. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "A Fishers theater has been quietly hosting shows for years. Now it'll be something bigger.," 9 July 2019 The business originally was located near 19th and Main streets but move to its current location at 310 13th St. in the early 1990s. Ramona Sentinel, "Dave’s Auto celebrates anniversary at Cheers to 30 Years," 9 July 2019 The grocery store later moved to its current location at 1011 E. Brady St., where it's known for its deli, meat department and Italian delicacies. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Eddie Glorioso, who founded and worked at Glorioso's Italian Market for over 7 decades, dies at 95," 8 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Officials said no commercial rocket, current or planned, is as powerful as the Space Launch System, which will carry a load three times as heavy as the space shuttle could handle. Washington Post, "NASA: Intense work under way on rocket for future moonshots," 28 June 2019 Yellow flags, indicating medium hazard and moderate surf and currents, are now posted in Panama City. Leada Gore |,, "Updated beach conditions: Panama City Beach, Destin, Gulf Shores; latest rip current forecast," 27 June 2019 There must be weird deep currents of shame that would lead you to that point, a conflation of the child’s success with your own. Willing Davidson, The New Yorker, "Emma Cline on the Movie Business," 24 June 2019 Thus, the researchers conclude that Ernietta was a suspension feeder, and its internal surface was specialized to extract particles that local currents washed inside. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Physics indicates some of Earth’s earliest animals helped each other feed," 21 June 2019 By hitching a ride on wind currents, armyworm moths can travel between 100 and 500 kilometers (about 60 to 300 miles) in one night, according to Xinhua News (link in Chinese). Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "Ravenous armyworms are eating their way across China," 20 June 2019 The state’s current commissioner, Penny Schwinn, was also a TFA corps member. Annie Waldman, ProPublica, "How Teach for America Evolved Into an Arm of the Charter School Movement," 18 June 2019 CBS News and YouGov plan to conduct additional interviews and revise current estimates based on updated data on a regular basis. CBS News, "CBS News Battleground Tracker poll: Biden leads, with Warren, Harris, Sanders close behind," 16 June 2019 The current shows include work that is for sale and work that is in private collections. Leah Garchik,, "Keeping your sex life vibrant may mean washing the windows," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of current


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


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

History and Etymology for current


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.


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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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



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


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



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


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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