dai·​ly | \ ˈdā-lē \

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

McRaven is responding to Trump’s decision to revoke former CIA Director Brennan’s security clearance, which White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced Wednesday in a presidential statement during the daily press briefing. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Leader of bin Laden raid tells Trump: revoke my clearance, too," 17 Aug. 2018 While many wanted to discuss President Donald Trump’s administration, others had concerns about daily life. Ruth Bruno, courant.com, "Sen. Chris Murphy Walks The State," 5 July 2018 Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a daily news briefing. Grace Dobush, Fortune, "Here's What Will Happen When China and U.S. Tariffs Take Effect Friday," 4 July 2018 This year’s Periwinkle Day Camp included a field trip to the Houston Fire Department Val Jahnke Training Facility where campers got a glimpse into the daily life of firefighters. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Periwinkle Day Camp brings joy to campers battling cancer and life-threating illnesses," 3 July 2018 Asked about this in an email, the State Department referred to remarks from its daily press briefing on Thursday. Chris Fuchs /, NBC News, "U.S. citizen arrested during Vietnam protest still not charged with crime," 22 June 2018 As in his previous book, Mr. Kaag deftly weaves his philosophical concerns with the small and large crises of daily life. Geoff Wisner, WSJ, "‘Hiking With Nietzsche’ Review: Highest Education," 13 Dec. 2018 Malin, who worked with Frontgate on designing his new space, wanted a color that would easily transition from the holiday season to daily life. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Gray Malin's Holiday Decor Proves That Coral Is The Best Christmas Color," 12 Dec. 2018 Avoid getting bogged down in the tiny details of daily life. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Authoritative Parenting? Experts Say It's the Best of All Worlds," 16 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Microsoft is only just starting to disclose this platform shift to other companies involved in the Chromium project, and the company isn’t ready to start distributing daily builds of Edge running with Chromium just yet. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft is rebuilding its Edge browser on Chrome and bringing it to the Mac," 6 Dec. 2018 At 500 million straws used in the U.S. daily, that equates to more than 180 billion straws a year — most of which can't be recycled and end up in the nation's waterways and oceans. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Aardvark paper straws: This Fort Wayne company has your plastic straw alternative," 24 June 2018 The sale kicked off on Sunday, Dec. 2 with major deals in the home improvement category, and while the deals change daily, some are still discounted now. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Amazon's 12 Days Of Deals Is Here, And The Home and Furniture Discounts Are Major," 6 Dec. 2018 Also, reward members can enjoy happy hour and save 50 percent on Slurpees and Big Gulps from 4 to 8 p.m. daily through July 31. Doreen Christensen, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Free Slurpees at 7-Eleven on Wednesday followed by a week of free treats," 11 July 2018 Conversely, consuming 1 egg daily would reduce life expectancy by 6 years, and eating 2 slices of bacon (30 g) daily would shorten life by a decade, an effect worse than smoking. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Is one drink per day really unsafe? That new alcohol study, explained.," 29 Aug. 2018 Offered daily by appointment at Markham Park, 16001 W. State Road 84, Sunrise. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Sunrise area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 According to YouGov, which tracks the perception of more than 1,500 brands daily through its BrandIndex, this move got people talking: IHOP's Word of Mouth Score rose in the week following its announcement. Ben Tobin, USA TODAY, "IHOP changes name back from IHOb," 9 July 2018 Hosein is the publisher of the English-language New Nation daily and heads its editorial board. Julhas Alam, The Seattle Times, "Bangladesh publisher arrested on defamation charges," 23 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The Capital is an institution in Maryland’s capital and was one of the last dailies to switch from publishing in the afternoon to mornings. Washington Post, "Staffers resolve to put out paper despite fatal shooting," 29 June 2018 True Laurel: 753 Alabama St., San Francisco; Open daily: 4 p.m. to 2 .m. Justin Phillips, San Francisco Chronicle, "Two Bay Area bars named among the country’s best," 30 May 2018 The dailies in play, as part of the North of Boston Media group, are the Eagle-Tribune, the Salem News, the Daily News of Newburyport, and the Gloucester Daily Times. Jon Chesto, BostonGlobe.com, "Newspapers north of Boston may be in two chains’ sights," 26 June 2018 Looking ahead, Mowrey tells THR that Watson technology could be used to catalog dailies for film editors — what is currently a manual process handled by assistant editors. Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, "Fox Sports Teams With IBM Watson to Use Artificial Intelligence for FIFA World Cup," 18 June 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

dailies : the first prints of a movie showing the scenes that are filmed each day

: a person who you pay to clean your house and do other jobs for you every day


dai·​ly | \ ˈdā-lē \

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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to gather or build up little by little

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