current Definition

  • 1belonging to the present time; happening or being used or done now
  • 2a flow of water, air, or electricity in a particular direction

Using current: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "current" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The current situation demands immediate action.

  • Example

    What is your current address?

  • Example

    The current of the river was too strong to swim against.

  • Example

    The current in the wire is too high.

current Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using current

  • to try to be as rich, successful, etc. as your neighbours or friends


    Everyone in our neighbourhood is trying to keep up with the Joneses.

  • to keep changing your attitude towards someone or something, sometimes being enthusiastic and sometimes not


    He's been blowing hot and cold about the job offer.

  • to become involved in an activity that is popular or fashionable


    Many companies are jumping on the bandwagon and using social media to promote their products.

Phrases with current

  • at the present time and in the present circumstances


    In the current climate, it's difficult to find a job.

  • to do what most other people are doing or to agree with the opinions that are generally accepted


    She decided to go with the current and support the new policy.

  • in the opposite direction to the way a river or stream is flowing


    It's hard work swimming against the current.

Origins of current

from Latin 'currere', meaning 'to run'


Summary: current in Brief

The term 'current' [ˈkʌrənt] refers to something belonging to the present time, such as 'The current situation demands immediate action.' It can also describe a flow of water, air, or electricity, as in 'The current of the river was too strong to swim against.' 'Current' extends into phrases like 'in the current climate,' and idioms like 'keep up with the Joneses,' denoting the desire to stay fashionable or relevant.

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