dai·​ly | \ ˈdā-lē How to pronounce daily (audio) \

Definition of daily

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : occurring, made, or acted upon every day daily needs
b : issued every day or every weekday a daily newspaper
c : of or providing for every day a daily schedule
2a : reckoned by the day average daily wage
b : covering the period of or based on a day daily statistics



Definition of daily (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : every day
2 : every weekday


plural dailies

Definition of daily (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a newspaper that is published every day or every day except Sunday
2 British, old-fashioned : a servant who works on a daily basis
3 dailies plural : the first prints of a movie showing the scenes that are filmed each day : rush sense 6

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Synonyms & Antonyms for daily

Synonyms: Adjective

day-to-day, diurnal, quotidian

Synonyms: Noun

domestic, flunky (also flunkey), lackey, menial, retainer, servant, slavey, steward

Antonyms: Noun

master, mistress

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Examples of daily in a Sentence


It has changed every aspect of daily life. I started eating healthier and added exercise to my daily routine. daily activities such as eating breakfast and washing your face There's not enough water to meet the daily needs of the city's people. She reads the daily paper each morning. Their average daily wage is only five dollars. She had been taking more than the recommended daily dose of the medicine.


the city's two largest dailies hired a daily to come in each morning to cook and clean
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Ariel Hall loved her Tibetan meditation cushion, a maroon-and-saffron pillow that helped melt away the strains of daily life during visits to her local Shambhala center. Jackson Barnett, The Denver Post, "Shambhala, the Boulder-born Buddhist organization, suppressed allegations of abuse, ex-members say," 7 July 2019 When you’re done soaking up and drinking in Japanese culture (literally), here are a few other creative, cultural, and just straight-up stunning windows into Japanese daily life worth experiencing. Laura Studarus, Marie Claire, "The Instagram Guide to Misugi, Japan," 5 July 2019 There are items in daily life that are surprising products of recycling — everything from clothes to wallets, according to the online magazine Mental Floss. Sylvia Gurinsky, sun-sentinel.com, "Recycling needs to be reshaped | Opinion," 26 June 2019 Meanwhile, MooSa's, just south of Bradford Beach, is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Dock at Bradford Beach opens Friday, joining MooSa's burgers and custard," 20 June 2019 Museum events Holidays of Play at PacSci FRI-SUN Special programs for all ages, winter science shows, build a snowflake, Winter Sky Planetarium shows, snow activities, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Sunday, Pacific Science Center, 200 Second Ave. Madeline Mckenzie, The Seattle Times, "Community calendar: Swedish pancake breakfast, Puyallup Home & Garden Show, ice-skating," 2 Jan. 2019 Ed's and Bob's friendship saw them through affiliation switches, the acquisition of WHDH in Boston and other challenges with many of those decisions made over their daily lunch at Oggi's. sun-sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 6/29," 29 June 2019 The average user opened TikTok more than eight times and spent about 45 minutes on the app daily as of March, according to internal documents viewed by The Wall Street Journal. Yoko Kubota, WSJ, "TikTok’s Videos Are Goofy. Its Strategy to Dominate Social Media Is Serious.," 29 June 2019 The Rinks: Anaheim ICEin Center City (designed by Frank Gehry) offers daily public skating sessions and skate rental. Jim Webster, Twin Cities, "In Orlando or Anaheim for a Disney vacation? Explore the cities beyond the gates, too," 29 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Through Monday, get a free small fry and drink with a premium sandwich (a weekly refresh) or $1 off large fries (daily refresh). Download the app at www.wendys.com. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and more have Fry Day deals or free fries Saturday," 12 July 2019 The Afghan National Police, composed of 116,000 officers, many of them falsely enrolled on official manifests, is riddled with corruption and savaged almost daily by Taliban attacks and casualties. New York Times, "Young Afghan General Tries to Reform Police With American Way of War," 12 July 2019 The Cards eat anywhere from six to 10 times daily, including meals and smaller snacks like energy chews or post-practice protein shakes. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "U of L basketball players eat 10 times a day. What the heck are they chowing down on?," 11 July 2019 Offered daily through mid-August, at 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., this event gives your children an opportunity to dress up in their finest pirate or princess costumes. Michelle Matthews | Mmatthews@al.com, al.com, "This Gulf Shores restaurant hosts a pirates and princesses breakfast," 10 July 2019 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said Aspergillus mold can live indoors or outside and that most people breathe it daily without getting sick. CBS News, "Seattle Children's Hospital mold infections leave one dead, force closure of most operating rooms," 3 July 2019 The prior November, my almost daily running routine had suffered a sudden interruption. Katie O'reilly, Outside Online, "Running After Melanoma," 30 June 2019 Highland Park police reviewing a similar plan last fall noted that traffic already is backed up daily between Richfield and Ridge. Karen Berkowitz, chicagotribune.com, "Proposal for 500 housing units on Solo Cup property raises traffic concerns," 30 June 2019 Italian sports daily Tuttosport alleges that Aubameyang has said 'yes' to the Old Trafford club, which the report hopes will see United bend to Inter's budget restraints. SI.com, "Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 'Says Yes' to Man Utd as Bizarre Transfer Rumour Gathers Pace," 28 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While the four joint ventures with PDVSA currently produce about 200,000 barrels a day in total, Chevron’s net daily production at the company’s joint ventures averaged 42,000 barrels of crude oil in 2018. Washington Post, "Will Trump let Chevron stay in Venezuela?," 16 July 2019 Even L’Equipe, the French daily which covers nothing but sports, ran a men’s soccer story on its cover. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Women’s World Cup fights for attention in bustling France," 6 June 2019 The dailies were coming in looking so good, [producer Dino De Laurentiis] finally got [it for them]. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon revisit their lesbian neo-noir Bound," 6 June 2019 Newspapers in most cities had consolidated down to one or two dailies, leaving the survivors with a near monopoly on print advertising in metropolitan markets. Paul Starr, The New York Review of Books, "Fall from Grace," 21 Mar. 2019 The Italian financial daily il Sole 24 Ore reported that the deposits made by the 14 countries into the French Treasury had marginal impact on French coffers, totalling 10 billion euros — or just 0.5 percent of the French public debt. Colleen Barry, The Seattle Times, "Italy’s Salvini lashes out at Macron as ‘terrible president’," 22 Jan. 2019 Applying a little castor oil daily can help nurture your eyelashes and eyebrows. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Benefits of Castor Oil Are Mostly for Your Hair and Skin," 15 Feb. 2019 He was removed three times as editor of a leading Saudi daily, Al Watan, for crossing red lines, such as criticizing the religious establishment. Margherita Stancati, WSJ, "Missing Journalist Was an Insider Willing to Cross Saudi Red Lines," 12 Oct. 2018 The publications ranged from large metro dailies, such as The Houston Chronicle, The Minneapolis Star Tribune and and The Denver Post, to small weekly periodicals. Fox News, "Boston paper presses coordinated response to Trump's media criticisms," 11 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of daily


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1754, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of daily

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: happening, done, made, used, or existing every day
: published every day or every day except Sunday
: of or relating to one day



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

: a newspaper that is published every day or every day except Sunday
US : the first prints of a movie showing the scenes that are filmed each day
British, old-fashioned : a person who you pay to clean your house and do other jobs for you every day


dai·​ly | \ ˈdā-lē How to pronounce daily (audio) \

Kids Definition of daily

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : occurring, done, produced, appearing, or used every day or every weekday Be sure to get your daily exercise.
2 : figured by the day a daily wage



Kids Definition of daily (Entry 2 of 3)

: every day She jogs three miles daily.


plural dailies

Kids Definition of daily (Entry 3 of 3)

: a newspaper published every weekday

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