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current

adjective

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1 accepted, used, or practiced by most people
  • current wisdom on parenting favors allowing children lots of self-expression

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2 being or involving the latest methods, concepts, information, or styles
  • current therapies for treating cancer have success rates that were undreamed of only a few decades ago

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current

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1 a prevailing or general movement or inclination
  • the currents of fashion are always changing

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2 noticeable movement of air in a particular direction
  • curtains that were being lightly lifted by a fresh current from the open window

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tendency, trend, drift, tenor, current mean movement in a particular direction. tendency implies an inclination sometimes amounting to an impelling force. a general tendency toward inflation trend applies to the general direction maintained by a winding or irregular course. the long-term trend of the stock market is upward drift may apply to a tendency determined by external forces the drift of the population away from large cities or it may apply to an underlying or obscure trend of meaning or discourse. got the drift of her argument tenor stresses a clearly perceptible direction and a continuous, undeviating course. the tenor of the times current implies a clearly defined but not necessarily unalterable course. an encounter that changed the current of my life

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“Current.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/current. Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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