Definition of today in English:

today

adverb

  • 1On or in the course of this present day.

    ‘she's thirty today’
    ‘he will appear in court today’
    • ‘His case was listed at Bow Street magistrates court today but he was not expected to attend.’
    • ‘Even the bright colours of the stained glass in the church windows appeared muted and dull today.’
    • ‘In court today, she described seeing a man and a dog stopped on the side of the highway.’
    • ‘The bulk of the tumour was removed and he now faces a course of radiotherapy, starting today.’
    • ‘The two anti-war groups said the plan was to present a legal case to the high court in London today.’
    • ‘The man and woman accused of his murder were due to appear before Bradford magistrates today.’
    • ‘A hearing date was going to be set today and I was expecting a fax to arrive today in the court.’
    • ‘I don't know what it is but thirty years seem to have rewound off the spool today.’
    • ‘Three of the men appearing at Kinston Crown Court today were computer consultants.’
    • ‘The influx of ordinary fans on to Centre Court today should solve the problem for him.’
    • ‘There are two inches of snow on the course and it was snowing and sleeting there today.’
    • ‘Her appearance today could also have big repercussions for her own political future.’
    • ‘The coroner was due to open an inquest into his death today at Burnley Magistrates Court.’
    • ‘His case was due to be heard today in the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court in London.’
    • ‘It's not just the course our remaining contenders will be battling against today.’
    • ‘He was remanded in custody and is due to appear before Doncaster Youth Court again today.’
    • ‘This may be a climb down, given the fact that they have had no success in court today.’
    • ‘Of course I have forgotten to bring it with me today so you will have to wait.’
    • ‘He must surrender his passport by 7pm today and live at an address given to the court.’
    • ‘The trial is due to start today at Reading Crown Court and is expected to run for four to six weeks.’
    this day, this very day, before tomorrow, this morning, this afternoon, this evening
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    1. 1.1 At the present period of time; nowadays.
      ‘millions of people in Britain today cannot afford adequate housing’
      • ‘The conventional view today is that the war was an unforgivable waste of human life.’
      • ‘They have kept it alive in the past and continue to make it plausible for millions of people today.’
      • ‘Yep, the day you give thanks for the man who made you the fully rounded fabulous human being you are today.’
      • ‘The churches of the New Testament period had just the same problems as we do today.’
      • ‘It also threw up a new generation of rank and file leaders whose presence is still felt in the union today.’
      • ‘Most of those we think of today as the great Zen masters came from this period.’
      • ‘Many younger people today worry about being forced to work past the current retirement age.’
      • ‘The most basic of human rights is today under threat as the right to food is sacrificed to the right to trade.’
      • ‘The thought that the course of Nature might change is not the focal concern today.’
      • ‘It's a big task, given that only ten per cent of humans have access to the Net today.’
      • ‘This lightning detection still goes on today but is now done by machines rather than humans.’
      • ‘Of course, looking at the world today it is sometimes difficult to see much difference.’
      • ‘Is this really a proportionate response to the biggest threat to human security today?’
      • ‘All thinking today seems to be for the current minute rather than the future.’
      • ‘Yet memory is not as limited, fragile and boring a human talent as it is often thought to be today.’
      • ‘This was a problem at the time but today few contemporary reds exhibit these old style faults.’
      • ‘At the same time 15 million people today face the threat of famine in the Horn of Africa.’
      • ‘Even though they split more than thirty years ago, their influence is still felt today.’
      • ‘Compare this not just with the world today, but with the whole of human history.’
      • ‘Yet I am not sure that this distinction was as accepted in the early modern period as it is today.’
      nowadays, at the present time, these days, in these times, at this time, in this day and age, now, just now, right now, currently, at present, at the present moment, at this moment in time
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noun

  • 1This present day.

    ‘today is a rest day’
    ‘today's match against United’
    • ‘Before today he would have just looked, but now he knew what he was searching for.’
    • ‘From today, Scottish police have new powers to get boy racers off the country's roads.’
    • ‘It is games like today's, and those in Europe, where he learns most about his players.’
    • ‘Before today only invited passengers have been on the train as they operated in tilt mode.’
    • ‘Mark today's date at the left side and the completion date on the right then draw a line between them.’
    • ‘So today's announcement should be seen more as a game of catch-up than of leapfrog.’
    • ‘We welcome today's full page announcement of the establishment of the Australian Flag Pole Inspectorate.’
    • ‘We must hope that today's announcement is the first of many heralding hundreds more permanent jobs for York.’
    • ‘More than 50 bands will be playing in two tents over three days from today until Sunday.’
    • ‘But Keighley Town Council has integrated the parade into its umbrella of activities from today until Sunday.’
    • ‘The importance of a proper diet to footballers is widely recognised in today's game.’
    • ‘He will check on the Hearts pair in today's match against Livingston at Tynecastle.’
    • ‘County board officers from the two sides have been asked to attend today's hearing.’
    • ‘So today's meeting is a triumph for all those who have worked so hard behind the scenes to make it happen.’
    • ‘The onus is now on Celtic to reclaim the leadership in today's match at Livingston.’
    • ‘I hope today's update and humor at my expense has taught all of you a lesson about drugs.’
    • ‘From today a special hotline will enable people to report sightings of the rogue cars.’
    • ‘From today points can be given to a family member and points can be bought once a year to top up.’
    • ‘So today's editorials on regional Government did not come as a complete surprise.’
    • ‘If you can't remember then maybe you ought to read today's column.’
    this day, this very day
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    1. 1.1 The present period of time.
      ‘the powerful computers of today’
      ‘today's society’
      • ‘He added that he still believes today's young generation could battle for their country like his crew did.’
      • ‘I can't see the controversy in producing books and literature that reflects today's society.’
      • ‘To be sure, today's middleman does a lot of good, too.’
      • ‘The film is about growing up and being a teen in today's world.’
      • ‘About the only thing today's heavyweights provide is a headache to those who follow them.’
      • ‘He said today's youth were more depressed than in the past because of building societal pressures.’
      • ‘But what I always defined as safe and as safeguards may not meet today's standards.’
      • ‘We have already mentioned the idea of brand names and what their role is in today's market.’
      • ‘Acquisition of an integration vendor would seem fair, given today's economic climate.’
      • ‘In today's age why should a person be forced by law to pay for a service they may not want?’
      • ‘She says today's society is a toxic mix of social and economic pressures which impact negatively on child health.’
      • ‘He not only has a great game, he can serve as well - which is very unusual in today's game!’
      • ‘Evidence suggests that today's more competitive society is affecting the mental health of young people in general.’
      • ‘In today's climate, bishops need to reiterate their support for this ministry.’
      • ‘Gibson believes that today's world, and the world of the future, is different.’
      • ‘Despite the pace of the game Gerry still believes he could cut it in today's football.’
      • ‘We will have failed to apply the only pressure today's politicians recognise and fear.’
      • ‘He cut his head on countless occasions and, in today's game, he would have had to go off but he never did.’
      • ‘He was a player who was ahead of his time, and in today's game he would probably still be ahead of his game and his time.’
      • ‘When you use today's computers you are constantly thinking about what you have to do next.’
      the present, the present day, the present time, now, the here and now, this moment, this time, this period, this age
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Phrases

  • today week

    • A week from today.

Origin

Old English tō dæg ‘on (this) day’. Compare with tomorrow and tonight.

Pronunciation

today

/təˈdeɪ/