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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 Still, a typical American today drinks about 40% less milk than in the 1970s., "Americans love soda, fancy water and fake milk. Can the dairy industry keep up?," 7 Jan. 2020 The James Cameron movie made $2.8 billion at the box office — or $3.36 billion in today’s dollars. Stephen Galloway, The Hollywood Reporter, "What Is the Most Profitable Movie Ever?," 18 Jan. 2020 At that time, the company suggested that a different version of the infrastructure corridor would cost around $700 million in today’s dollars to construct, with annual transportation costs of $50 million per year, Borden says. Acacia Johnson, National Geographic, "The risky plan to haul minerals from a mine in the Alaska wilderness," 14 Jan. 2020 Thus, the man who was arguably the best player in baseball was exiled for a promise of $100,000, or about $1.5 million in today’s dollars. Alice George, Smithsonian Magazine, "When the Yankees Got the Larger-Than-Life Babe Ruth," 24 Dec. 2019 Most of today’s TVs are LCDs (Liquid Crystal Displays) backlit with some form of LED (Light Emitting Diode). Ken Colburn, azcentral, "Ken Colburn: Decoding technical new TV jargon," 16 Dec. 2019 Many of today’s families are evolving – contracting, expanding, reconfiguring. Caryn M. Sullivan, Twin Cities, "Caryn M. Sullivan: Holiday tradition — with a twist," 8 Dec. 2019 The team hasn’t won one playoff game on San Diego soil, let alone a playoff series, in the aftermath of voters in November 1998 approving considerable public money — ultimately more than $400 million in today’s dollars — toward a new ballpark. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Ted Leitner, a Padres constant, to mark 40th season with ceremonial pitch," 25 Sep. 2019 Its design, still simple and minimal, is also boring, and seemingly ignores the biggest complaint about today’s iPhones — their large size. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "I Tried the Cheaper iPhone 11 After Reviewing the Pro. Here's What I Missed," 24 Sep. 2019

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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 27 Feb. 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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