today

adverb
to·​day | \tə-ˈdā \

Definition of today 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : on or for this day

2 : at the present time

today

noun

Definition of today (Entry 2 of 3)

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

today

adjective

Definition of today (Entry 3 of 3)

: of or characteristic of today : now

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Synonyms & Antonyms for today

Synonyms: Adverb

anymore, currently, now, nowadays, presently, right now

Synonyms: Noun

here and now, moment, now, present

Antonyms: Adverb

before, formerly, long, once, then

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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

Deputy Managing Editor Yesha Callahan is gonna be mad at this short-ass lede, but today there’s no need to pussyfoot around. Michael Harriot, The Root, "The Root’s Clapback Mailbag: Make the Mailbag Great Again," 15 June 2018 Intended by developers to dwarf the nearby Penn Station, Grand Central Terminal cost nearly $160,000,000 (more than $4,000,000 in today’s dollars) to construct and was a front-page story in the local papers for weeks leading up to opening day. Angela Serratore, Smithsonian, "The Preservation Battle of Grand Central," 26 June 2018 Her salary, however, peaked at $2,740 a year, less than $40,000 in today’s dollars. New York Times, "Overlooked No More: Harriott Daley, the Capitol’s First Telephone Operator," 23 Apr. 2018 But in an effort to save about $700,000 a year — about $825,000 in today’s dollars — the Park District cut the hours covered by lifeguards by 30 percent, stationing them on beaches only from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tessa Weinberg, chicagotribune.com, "A nighttime drowning in Lake Michigan - and no city lifeguards on duty prompts calls for change," 12 July 2018 Sherrill’s $280,000 annual take (about $744,000 in today’s dollars) rankled the higher education establishment. Andy Staples, SI.com, "The Message Behind the Money: How Texas A&M Landed Jimbo Fisher," 28 June 2018 That’s not an easy thing to sell to a lot of people, particularly those still operating on the dated logic that a championship-caliber team can be developed organically in today’s NBA. David Murphy, Philly.com, "How much value does the Sixers' newly acquired first-round draft pick have? More than you might think | David Murphy," 22 June 2018 Karsonya Wise Whitehead, a professor of communication and African and African-American Studies at Loyola University Maryland, sees some of King’s protest style in today’s activists. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy still lives on in the work of young Baltimore activists," 4 Apr. 2018 Meghan Markle arrived to the 100th anniversary celebration of the Royal Air Force today wearing a stunning black dress by Dior. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears Custom Dior to the RAF 100th Anniversary Celebrations," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of today

Adverb

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

Noun

1535, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

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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More Definitions for today

today

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of today

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: on, during, or for this day

: at the present time

today

noun

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

: this day

: the present time

today

adverb
to·​day | \tə-ˈdā \

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.

today

noun

Kids Definition of today (Entry 2 of 2)

: the present day, time, or age

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