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Definition of today

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : on or for this day
2 : at the present time



Definition of today (Entry 2 of 3)

: the present day, time, or age today's youth



Definition of today (Entry 3 of 3)

: of or characteristic of today : now

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Synonyms & Antonyms for today

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adverb

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Examples of today in a Sentence

Adverb We have to finish today. Earlier today I saw my cousin. I have an appointment later today. They announced today that he'll be promoted. I worry about children today. Today, more than a million people live there. Cars aren't built today like they were 30 years ago. Noun Have you read today's newspaper? live for today and let tomorrow worry about itself
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun China tech More bad news for investors in the Chinese tech sector: shares plunged again today on news that Beijing may be planning to break up Ant Group’s Alipay business and create a separate app for its loan business. David Meyer, Fortune, 13 Sep. 2021 The parallels between the Japanese situation in 1941 and the Chinese situation today are striking. George Calhoun, Forbes, 12 Sep. 2021 Muslim Americans still remember being surveiled, searched and singled out after the Twin Towers collapsed, and even today, those interactions spur distrust with law enforcement, for some. Nicole Sganga, CBS News, 10 Sep. 2021 Larry will continue to track east of the island today but will bring gusty winds, heavy rain and rough seas, forecasters said. Leigh Morgan, al, 9 Sep. 2021 Similarly, the vast majority of the thirty-nine aging detainees in Guantánamo today have not been charged with a crime. Samuel Moyn, The New York Review of Books, 8 Sep. 2021 The fire was being held in check early today east of Corte Madera, but reports here state that should an east wind rise, as is feared, the fire might sweep out of control and threaten thousands of acres of watershed area and ranch lands. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Sep. 2021 Then on Sunday, today’s Mets, who know nothing of Kooz and Cleon, and 1969 and 1986, and love affairs, decided to go to war with their fan base. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 30 Aug. 2021 Heavy rain from Ida will be possible from today through Tuesday. Leigh Morgan, al, 29 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of today


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


1535, in the meaning defined above


1966, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of today was before the 12th century

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“Today.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of today

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: on, during, or for this day
: at the present time : nowadays



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

: this day
: the present time


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Kids Definition of today

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : on this day Do it today.
2 : at the present time The town's population today is greater than 50 years ago.



Kids Definition of today (Entry 2 of 2)

: the present day, time, or age

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