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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 fact, Trump today was being urged to pull out his executive order Sharpie and get to work to target illegals and tie them up in court. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Homeland Security's Ken Cuccinelli rips Chief Justice John Roberts, ‘all-star punter’," 18 June 2020 But the militaries that face off in the Himalayas today are far different from those that fought 58 years ago. Brad Lendon, CNN, "Why conventional wisdom giving China the military edge over India may not be true," 17 June 2020 Harris used the example of housing, explaining that today a disproportionate amount of people of color are homeless or lack housing security in part due to the legacy of redlining. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "What is systemic racism? Here's what it means and how you can help dismantle it," 16 June 2020 According to the Handbook of Texas, some are still utilized by the public today, including Emancipation Park in Houston, originally purchased in 1872, and what is now Booker T. Washington Park in Mexia and Emancipation Park in Austin. Michiel Perry Of Black Southern Belle, Better Homes & Gardens, "What Is Juneteenth? The Holiday's History and How You Can Celebrate This Year," 11 June 2020 Executive Director Pam Ohradzansky received her grant notice in the mail just today (June 8). Linda Gandee, cleveland, "Two West Side agencies receive generous grants to feed and clothe the needy," 8 June 2020 Hot, muggy and mainly dry weather will be the rule again today through the weekend. Dallas News, "Hot & muggy weather sticking around through the weekend," 5 June 2020 In the Russian language today, the entire vocabulary of principles and ideals has, after decades of abuse, been relegated to disuse. Hari Kunzru, The New York Review of Books, "Democracy’s Red Line," 4 June 2020 These compact units are reliable, durable, able to cool virtually any size room, and today’s models are exponentially more energy efficient than units built just 10 years ago. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Install a Window Air Conditioner," 2 May 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 3 Jul. 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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