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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

A year ago today marks both the worst day of my life and the best day of my life. Char Adams,, "Woman Survives 50-Foot Fall Down Rocky Hawaii Waterfall — and Captures It All on Her GoPro," 12 Sep. 2019 Customers can order the Apple Watch Series 5 today, with retail availability beginning Friday, September 20. Patrick Lucas Austin, Time, "Here's Everything Apple Announced Today, From New iPhones to its Netflix Competitor," 10 Sep. 2019 More Than A Movement Black girls today are raising the bar across all industries and areas of life, from actors to athletes to advocates and even judiciary roles. Noel Cody, Essence, "Rise to the Occasion," 10 Sep. 2019 Kingsbury, the new head coach who thought Murray as first overall pick was the perfect quarterback to help him bring his ballyhooed system from college football to Arizona, helmed a disorganized offense for three quarters today against the Lions. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals' Kyler Murray's NFL debut doesn't impress everyone," 9 Sep. 2019 After the brief cooler temperatures Wednesday, seasonably hot and mostly dry weather is expected today with highs in the upper 90s. Dallas News, "NBC 5 Forecast: Back to typical August weather," 15 Aug. 2019 Marty Brennaman talks politics, life and baseball on this week's episode of That's So Cincinnati. Cincinnati Enquirer Twelve years ago today, Barry Bonds hit long fly No. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: 12 years later, how do we feel about Barry Bonds' home run legacy?," 7 Aug. 2019 That's equivalent to $1.3 billion today, taking inflation into account. Michelle Toh, CNN, "Here's what it could cost for America to buy Greenland," 16 Aug. 2019 The actor was in his native Australia today when he was approached by Daily Mail Australia about the separation news. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Liam Hemsworth Responds to His Split from Miley Cyrus with a Heartbreaking Comment," 12 Aug. 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


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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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