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

Apart from the odd Midnight Mass and Easter Sunday morning service, the interior of the cathedral remained fairly removed from my daily life. Monique Valeris, ELLE Decor, "Top Designers on What Notre-Dame Means to Them," 17 Apr. 2019 Where can they be transported even in their daily life? Joanna Saltz, House Beautiful, "Designers Reveal Their Unexpected Sources for Decorating Inspo," 12 Apr. 2019 Bipolar disorder is a complicated, multifaceted mental illness that can significantly impact someone’s daily life. Carolyn Kylstra, SELF, "Mental Health Awareness Means Talking About All Types of Mental Illness," 29 Mar. 2019 Microsoft said of its current users, 150 organizations have at least 10,000 active daily users. Angus Loten, WSJ, "Collaboration Market Racing Ahead," 20 Mar. 2019 Back in January, Valve's Steam platform hit an all-time peak, averaging more than 16.8 million daily users for the month. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Steam sees surprising, significant usage dip in 2018," 1 Aug. 2018 Dori, with her Yorkie named Louis, had walked over from the neighborhood to meet with Anna and her Bassett Hound, Shadow, and their friend Marianne, who travels from Plainville for their almost daily rendezvous. Joan Hunt, Courant Community, "It's A Dog's Life At The Rocky Hill Dog Park," 27 June 2018 The abuse was almost daily the first few years, often after school or before Mass, the suit claims. Jerod Macdonald-evoy, azcentral, "Father Adrian Cristobal, accused of sex abuse in Guam, is missing after leaving Phoenix," 15 June 2018 What started off as a once-a-week trip became an almost daily trip. Danielle Barker, USA TODAY, "'Superhero' four-year-old is on a mission to feed the hungry," 25 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

But that an anti-Lincoln, white supremacist—albeit pro-Union—daily like... Harold Holzer, WSJ, "‘Armies of Deliverance’ Review: The Fight for Salvation," 19 Mar. 2019 After a decade of highlights, bleach, and daily hot tools, my strands were dry and brittle. Elizabeth Denton, Allure, "Virtue's New Protein Powder Made My Damaged, Color-Treated Hair Look Like New," 19 Mar. 2019 Japanese media, including the business daily Nikkei, reported in December that Silk Road Fund was in contact with Japan Display over a potential investment. Takashi Mochizuki, WSJ, "China’s Silk Road Fund Denies It Has Been in Talks With Japan Display," 24 Jan. 2019 The presentation also highlighted the continuing growth of Steam's player base, which now includes over 40 million daily active users and which added 13.5 million first-time purchasers in just the first four months of 2018. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Valve working on “more accurate” replacement for Steam Spy’s sales data," 2 July 2018 Adam Mastroianni is a style and fashion photographer whose work focuses on capturing the unique styles seen daily on the streets of San Francisco. Adam Mastroianni, SFChronicle.com, "SF street style: Hanging in Hayes Valley," 30 June 2018 Where: Blissed Yoga Retreats, Siem Reap Cambodia What: Manifest personal health and happiness through daily holistic yoga, taught by two of Los Angeles’s most accomplished and influential teachers, Travis Eliot and Lauren Eckstrom. Micaela English, Town & Country, "8 Wellness Retreats To Reset Your Body And Mind," 17 Dec. 2018 Lyon based daily Le Progrès claims that the Red Devils have already launched an offer for the France international this summer. SI.com, "French Journalist Explains Man Utd Fekir Offer as Report Claims Red Devils Submit Bid for Forward," 30 June 2018 These days, flights arrive daily from Cuba on airlines that include Copa, Caribbean and Aruba. Doreen Hemlock, miamiherald, "Cubans are flocking to Guyana for economic reasons — but there's a twist," 28 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Digital First Media, which has been majority controlled by hedge fund Alden Global Capital LLC since 2012, owns about 50 dailies including the Denver Post and San Jose Mercury News as well about 150 other publications. Keach Hagey And Lukas I. Alpert, WSJ, "Hostile Bid for Gannett Rattles Some in the Newspaper Business," 14 Jan. 2019 Yomiuri centered Osaka’s photograph holding the U.S. Open trophy at the top of its Monday front page — as did the two other large dailies. Mari Yamaguchi, The Seattle Times, "Osaka charms Japan with her manners _ and broken Japanese," 10 Sep. 2018 The same op-ed has appeared in at least six newspapers, including dailies in Alabama, Florida, and Texas. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: SpaceX targeted, Chinese rocket scientist goes viral, SLS slips?," 5 Oct. 2018 Fully 61% of weekly papers and 70% of dailies that have ceased publication since 2004 are in counties with more than 100,000 people. The Economist, "Small-town American newspapers are surprisingly resilient," 21 June 2018 The Day 6 Hollywood Reporter print daily has arrived, featuring 56 pages of deals, reviews, exec interviews, news and festival happenings. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, "What Matters in Hollywood Today," 14 May 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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