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[tuh-dey] /təˈdeɪ/
this present day:
Today is beautiful.
this present time or age:
the world of today.
on this present day:
I will do it today.
at the present time; in these days:
Today you seldom see horses.
Informal. of the present era; up-to-date:
the today look in clothing styles.
Origin of today
before 900; Middle English; Old English tō dæg. See to, day Unabridged
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  • There is something crazy about what is going on in our country today.
  • The first is that even today it struggles to provide for its people.
  • Some philosophers today are doing more than thinking deeply.
  • So much of science today revolves around using human biological tissue of some kind.
  • It's more or less impossible to define hysteria in a way that a physician today would find acceptable.
  • Our bodies weren't designed to process the foods and beverages that people are in-taking today.
  • Even today researchers argue about what separates modern humans from other, extinct hominids.
  • Go to the national geographic web site and you will see the oil that is still there today.
  • today the painting's value is measured in the millions.
  • today it seems nearly as unspoiled as it was many years ago.
British Dictionary definitions for today


this day, as distinct from yesterday or tomorrow
the present age: children of today
during or on this day
Word Origin
Old English tō dæge, literally: on this day, from to + dæge, dative of dægday
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Word Origin and History for today

Old English todæge, to dæge "on (the) day," from to "at, on" (see to) + dæge, dative of dæg "day" (see day). Generally written as two words until 16c., after which it usually was written to-day until early 20c.

Similar constructions exist in other Germanic languages (cf. Dutch van daag "from-day," Danish and Swedish i dag "in day"). German heute is from Old High German hiutu, from Proto-Germanic *hiu tagu "on (this) day," with first element from PIE pronomial stem *ki-, represented by Latin cis "on this side."

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Idioms and Phrases with today
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