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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

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


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.


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

Founded nearly 150 year ago, Brown-Forman today has some 4,800 employees and operates in more than 170 countries world-wide. Angus Loten, WSJ, "Brown-Forman CIO Looks to Data for Smarter Booze," 14 Feb. 2019 Nothing about today’s proceedings changes Mr. Weinstein’s position. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "The Facts and Fictions of Harvey Weinstein’s Arrest," 25 May 2018 Get your tickets to the Cincinnati Wine and Food Experience todayMONDAY, June 4 Dead & Company, 7:30 p.m., Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Anderson Township. Rasputin Todd,, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: June 4-10," 4 June 2018 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,, "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,, "The Message Behind the Money: How Texas A&M Landed Jimbo Fisher," 28 June 2018

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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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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


to·​day | \ tə-ˈdā How to pronounce today (audio) \

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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