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yesterday

[yes-ter-dey, -dee] /ˈyɛs tərˌdeɪ, -di/
adverb
1.
on the day preceding this day.
2.
a short time ago:
Yesterday your money went further.
noun
3.
the day preceding this day.
4.
time in the immediate past.
adjective
5.
belonging or pertaining to the day before or to a time in the immediate past:
yesterday morning.
Origin
950
before 950; Middle English; Old English geostran dæg. See yester-, day
Related forms
yesterdayness, noun
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Examples for yesterday
  • The dreams of yesterday are the realizations of today.
  • To hear how the limits of yesterday are only the beginnings of today.
  • Before long, yesterday's liberators became today's foes.
  • yesterday's styles may be observed in the stables, today's in the drawing room.
  • Felt totally justified in buying three books yesterday.
  • Twenty-eight new planets have been discovered outside the solar system in the past year, scientists announced yesterday.
  • That, in short, was what a number of luminaries in the tech world addressed yesterday at.
  • But one of the wheels on his rickety vehicle came perilously loose yesterday.
  • She's eating and drinking, and yesterday, she laid an egg.
  • At the first meeting, which was held yesterday, the chair.
British Dictionary definitions for yesterday

yesterday

/ˈjɛstədɪ; -ˌdeɪ/
noun
1.
the day immediately preceding today
2.
(often pl) the recent past
adverb
3.
on or during the day before today
4.
in the recent past
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Word Origin and History for yesterday
yesterday
O.E. geostran dæg, from dæg "day" + geostran "yesterday," from P.Gmc. *gestra- (cf. O.H.G. gestaron, Ger. gestern "yesterday," O.N. gær "tomorrow, yesterday," Goth. gistradagis "tomorrow"), originally "the other day" (reckoned from "today," either backward or forward), from PIE *ghes (cf. Skt. hyah, Avestan zyo, Pers. di, Gk. khthes, L. heri, O.Ir. indhe, Welsh doe "yesterday;" L. hesternus "of yesterday").
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