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

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

The average number of heat stroke deaths per year went from being less than 15 to today’s average of 38. Jacob Beltran,, "Education not enough as hot car deaths continue in Texas," 16 July 2019 But in reality, today’s families have a lot on their metaphorical plate. Joslyn Brenton, The Conversation, "Time to cook is a luxury many families don’t have," 19 June 2019 In 2000, the inaugural meal, won by technology entrepreneur Pete Budlong for $25,000 (or about $37,000 in today’s dollars), was held at Stars, also a steakhouse. Tripti Lahiri, Quartz, "A New York steakhouse famed for power dining won’t host this year’s $4.6 million Buffett lunch," 17 June 2019 Several curators will point out the obvious, that for agrarian painters who make a living off their artwork, there just isn’t much of a market for the macabre scenes of today’s feedlots and crammed chicken houses. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "Artists stopped showing us the truth about farming and it’s hurting the planet," 15 June 2019 More than 2,600 high school seniors will be concluding their educational experience in the Poway Unified School District today (Thursday) as the Class of 2019 graduates. Pomerado News, "Del Norte, Rancho Bernardo High to hold graduation ceremonies," 13 June 2019 Support from today’s match will help @Sentebale to expand these essential and life-transforming initiatives. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry Is Taking His Daddy Role Very Seriously at the Sentebale Polo Match," 24 May 2019 In 1970, Japan’s Canon Inc., with help from Texas Instruments, introduced the Pocketronic calculator, selling for about $400 (about $2,600 in today’s terms). James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Jerry Merryman Helped Design First Hand-held Calculator in Mid-1960s," 7 Mar. 2019 Every newspaper carried the news 75 years ago today: Allied forces had landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, in a massive operation to rid Europe of Nazi Germany. David Schutz,, "ALLIES LAND IN FRANCE! Read our newspaper pages from D-Day 75 years ago today," 6 June 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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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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