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: taking place, made, or done in the course of days
in charge of day-to-day operations
also : everyday
day-to-day life
: providing for a day at a time with little thought for the future
an aimless day-to-day existence
day-to-day adverb
or day to day
struggling day-to-day [=every day] with depression
living day to day [=one day at a time]
… it's impossible to live with devastation day to day and not look on all the concern over one still-healthy individual as a vulgar spectacle. Robert Massa


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plural day-to-days
: a usual routine that occurs each day
… a feeling of hope and adventure that many of us lack in our day-to-day.Nathan Mattise
But the woman is fearless, living life in a perpetual state of curiosity despite her repetitive day-to-day.Alex Suskind

Examples of day-to-day in a Sentence

Adjective the day-to-day routine of commuting to work
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Word History

First Known Use


1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1965, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of day-to-day was in 1862

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Cite this Entry

“Day-to-day.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: taking place, made, or done in the course of days
day-to-day problems
: providing for a day at a time with little thought of the future
a day-to-day existence
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