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"contemporary" in British English

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contemporaryadjective

uk   /kənˈtem.pər.ər.i/ us   /kənˈtem.pə.rer.i/
  • contemporary adjective (EXISTING NOW)

B2 existing or happening now: contemporary music/literature/art/fashion Although the play was written hundreds of years ago, it still has a contemporary (= modern) feel to it.

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  • contemporary adjective (OF SAME PERIOD)

belonging to the same or a stated period in the past: Almost all of the contemporary accounts of the event have been lost. Most of the writers he was contemporary with were interested in the same subjects.

contemporarynoun [C]

uk   /kənˈtem.pər.ər.i/ us   /kənˈtem.pə.rer.i/
someone living during the same period as someone else: Was he a contemporary of Shakespeare's?
a person who is of the same age as you: She didn't mix with her contemporaries, preferring the company of older people.
(Definition of contemporary from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"contemporary" in American English

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contemporaryadjective

us   /kənˈtem·pəˌrer·i/
  • contemporary adjective (EXISTING NOW)

existing or happening now: contemporary literature/music
  • contemporary adjective (OF THE SAME PERIOD)

belonging to the same or a stated period in the past: She’s been reading contemporary accounts of New York from the early 1900s.

contemporarynoun [C]

us   /kənˈtem·pəˌrer·i/
  • contemporary noun [C] (PERSON OF THE SAME PERIOD)

someone living during the same period as another: Franklin and Jefferson were contemporaries.
  • contemporary noun [C] (PERSON EXISTING NOW)

a person who is the same age as you: The language you use with your contemporaries may not be appropriate in the classroom.
(Definition of contemporary from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"contemporary" in Business English

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contemporaryadjective

uk   /kənˈtempərəri, kənˈtempəri/ us  
existing or happening now: There is a need to remain responsive to the ever-changing challenges and opportunities of the contemporary business environment. While there is a small but steady market in traditional bespoke shoes, there are those who want something with more of a contemporary design.
(Definition of contemporary from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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