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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 In Southwest Ohio, hospitalizations have leaped from 80 people a day in early October to more than 450 today, Hamilton County Health Commissioner Greg Kesterman reported at Thursday’s briefing. Anne Saker, The Enquirer, "COVID-19: Stay socially distant on Thanksgiving, officials warn, as hospitals struggle," 12 Nov. 2020 The question for European powers today, therefore, is not whether Biden recommits to the transatlantic relationship, but whether the American public shares that commitment. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, "Joe Biden Won’t Fix America’s Relationship With the World," 8 Nov. 2020 But back to Noah, yup, special guy, puts in the time, puts in the work, and certainly made some really big plays today on defense and his presence was felt strong. oregonlive, "What Mario Cristobal said after Oregon’s win over Stanford," 7 Nov. 2020 The four acres of gardens that thrive on the island today are part of a unique, site-specific ecosystem, carefully cultivated by a succession of residents and visitors who’ve left their mark on this once desolate space. Jordan Kushins, National Geographic, "Alcatraz’s gardens are flourishing, against all odds," 5 Nov. 2020 So go ahead and live like Beyonce by adding a pinch of honey to your breakfast or tea today too. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Beyonce, Queen of the Beyhive, Also Has Real Beehives for the Sweetest Reason," 3 Nov. 2020 Producers of the Bond film franchise, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, paid tribute to Connery today on social media. Mary Colurso |, al, "Sean Connery, actor and James Bond star, dies at age 90," 31 Oct. 2020 Zeta was forecast to be a non-tropical gale-force low later today. CBS News, "Tropical Storm Zeta racing along after slamming into Louisiana as powerful Category 2 hurricane," 29 Oct. 2020 That scrutiny will naturally extend to La Russa himself, with every decision judged through the prism of his adaptation to today’s game. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "Tony La Russa Returns at 76, Ready to Combine Old Wisdom and New Data," 29 Oct. 2020

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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 28 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of today

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



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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