current

adjective
cur·​rent | \ ˈkər-ənt How to pronounce current (audio) , ˈkə-rənt \

Essential Meaning of current

1 : happening or existing now : belonging to or existing in the present time the current month the magazine's current issue See More ExamplesThe dictionary's current edition has 10,000 new words. the current political crisis By current [=present-day] standards, they were very young when they got married. Who is your current employer? current trends/fashions current ideas about educationHide
2 chiefly US : aware of what is happening in a particular area of activity As a teacher I have to stay current [=up-to-date] in my field, which is biology. We need to keep current with the latest information.

Full Definition of current

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a(1) : occurring in or existing at the present time the current crisis current supplies current needs
(2) : presently elapsing the current year
(3) : most recent the magazine's current issue the current survey
b archaic : running, flowing
2 : generally accepted, used, practiced, or prevalent at the moment current fashions current ideas about education
3 : used as a medium of exchange

current

noun

Definition of current (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the part of a fluid body (such as air or water) moving continuously in a certain direction
b : the swiftest part of a stream
c : a tidal or nontidal movement of lake or ocean water
d : flow marked by force or strength
2a : a tendency or course of events that is usually the result of an interplay of forces currents of public opinion
b : a prevailing mood : strain
3 : a flow of electric charge also : the rate of such flow

Other Words from current

Adjective

currentness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for current

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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Noun

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

Examples of current in a Sentence

Adjective The dictionary's current edition has 10,000 new words. Who is your current employer? We need to keep current with the latest information. Noun Strong currents pulled the swimmer out to sea. Air currents carried the balloon for miles. The circuit supplies current to the saw.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Ed Bastian, who is Delta Air Lines’ CEO, is the current chairman of the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Matt Kempner, ajc, 18 Nov. 2021 Tammy: Michigan's current surrogacy law was passed in the 1980s as a reaction to the Baby M case, where a traditional surrogate who was biologically linked to the baby changed her mind about giving the child to the intended parents. Rachel Burchfield, PEOPLE.com, 18 Nov. 2021 But as humanity expands into space, current space law—without supplemental legislation—is ill-equipped to address the challenges of today. Paola Rosa-aquino, Wired, 18 Nov. 2021 Under current law, a person convicted of possessing marijuana may face up to $1,000 in fines and up to six months in prison on the first offense. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 Nov. 2021 The current law defines a ghost gun as one that will not set off a metal detector after all parts are removed other than the receiver. Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2021 The tax value on business equipment decreases over time, but under current Indiana law, the taxes business pay on their machinery and equipment can never fall below 30% of the cost. Kaitlin Lange, The Indianapolis Star, 16 Nov. 2021 The hardliner group's current chairman, Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona, was term-limited at the end of this year. Melanie Zanona, CNN, 15 Nov. 2021 Sanders, who is the current chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, has long been a vocal proponent of taxing the rich. Fortune, 15 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Behind them, schools of colorful fish swayed in unison with the current. Nina Ruggiero, Travel + Leisure, 9 Nov. 2021 Die shrinks also reduce the current used by each transistor, which lowers power consumption and increases battery life. Gordon Kelly, Forbes, 4 Nov. 2021 After measuring the electric current this week, NASA reported Wednesday that one of Lucy’s two giant, circular solar panels is only between 75% and 95% extended. Marcia Dunn, orlandosentinel.com, 29 Oct. 2021 After measuring the electric current this week, NASA reported Wednesday that one of Lucy’s two giant, circular solar panels is only between 75% and 95% extended. Marcia Dunn, Chron, 28 Oct. 2021 The manure would be treated by pumping it through tubes, where the electric current is administered, and then back into the lagoon. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 22 Oct. 2021 Then Martinez was walking with her uncle on the sandbar when the water rushed over on other side and swept her into the churning current. BostonGlobe.com, 29 June 2021 There is a splash of oars, and the boat moves into the swift current. New York Times, 19 Apr. 2021 Elden may be swimming against the current with this lawsuit for at least two reasons. Jack Greiner, The Enquirer, 31 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of current

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for current

Adjective

Latininization of Middle English corrant, curraunt, borrowed from Anglo-French curant, corant, present participle of coure, courir "to run, flow," going back to Latin currere "to run, roll, move swiftly, flow," going back to Indo-European *kr̥s-e- "run," whence also Greek epíkouros "helping, helper" (from *epíkorsos "running toward," with o-grade ablaut), Old Irish carr "cart, wagon," Welsh car "vehicle" (from Celtic *kr̥s-o-), and perhaps Germanic *hursa- horse entry 1

Note: The Indo-European base has generally been taken as a primary verb, though Latin is the only language in which it is so attested.

Noun

Latinization of Middle English curraunt, borrowed from Middle French courant, going back to Old French, noun derivative from corant, curant, present participle of coure, courir "to run, flow" — more at current entry 1

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“Current.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/current. Accessed 27 Nov. 2021.

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More Definitions for current

current

adjective
cur·​rent | \ ˈkər-ənt How to pronounce current (audio) \

Kids Definition of current

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : now passing the current month
2 : occurring in or belonging to the present time current events
3 : generally and widely accepted, used, or practiced current customs

current

noun

Kids Definition of current (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a body of fluid (as air or water) moving in a specified direction
2 : the swiftest part of a stream
3 : the general course : trend
4 : a flow of electricity

current

noun
cur·​rent | \ ˈkər-ənt, ˈkə-rənt How to pronounce current (audio) \

Medical Definition of current

1 : the part of a fluid body (as air or water) moving continuously in a certain direction
2 : a flow of electric charge also : the rate of such flow

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