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"current" in British English

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currentadjective

uk   /ˈkʌr.ənt/  us   /ˈkɝː.ənt/
B2 of the ​presenttime: Have you ​seen the current issue of (= the most ​recentlypublished) Vogue ​magazine? The word is no ​longer in current use.

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currently
adverb uk   /ˈkʌr.ənt.li/  us   /ˈkɝː.ənt.li/

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B2 The Director is currently having ​talks in the US

currentnoun [C]

uk   /ˈkʌr.ənt/  us   /ˈkɝː.ənt/
  • current noun [C] (FLOW)

a ​movement of ​water, ​air, or ​electricity in a ​particulardirection: to ​swim against/with the current He was ​swept out to ​sea by the strong current. Switch off the ​electric current before ​changing the ​bulb.
(Definition of current from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"current" in American English

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currentadjective

 us   /ˈkɜr·ənt, ˈkʌr·ənt/
  • current adjective (HAPPENING NOW)

of the ​presenttime or most ​recent: Under current ​statelaw, ​students can ​drop out of ​schoollegally at ​age 17.

currentnoun [C]

 us   /ˈkɜr·ənt, ˈkʌr·ənt/
  • current noun [C] (MOVEMENT)

a ​movement of ​water or ​air: The ​boatdrifted with the current until it was ​miles from ​shore.
physics Electric current is the ​passage of ​electricity through a ​wire.
(Definition of current from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"current" in Business English

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currentadjective [usually before noun]

uk   us   /ˈkʌrənt/
happening or existing at the ​presenttime: A lot of ​businesses are being hurt by the current high ​interestrates. The ​group said it would ​return to ​profit within the current ​financialyear. They ​offered to ​pay me twice my current ​salary. Who is the current ​editor of the Times?

currentnoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈkʌrənt/
an ​opinion or a ​feeling that a ​group of ​people have: The ​general current of ​opinion is against such ​drasticcuts in ​publicspending. There is a ​growing current of ​support for ​environmentalissues among ​consumers.
(Definition of current from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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