Meaning of “today” in the English Dictionary

"today" in British English

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todayadverb, noun

uk /təˈdeɪ/ us /təˈdeɪ/

A1 (on) the present day:

What's the date today?
He's going to call you at some point today.
Today is even hotter than yesterday!
Is that today's paper?
He should be back today a week today (= one week from today).

B2 used more generally to mean the present time:

Today, people are much more concerned about their health than they were in the past.
With today's technology almost anything seems possible.
The youth of today don't know how lucky they are.

More examples

  • I have a checklist of things that I must do today.
  • I wonder what's for lunch today.
  • The weather forecast said it would be fine and dry today.
  • There was quite a lot of traffic today but yesterday was even busier.
  • The dentist can't see you today but she has a vacancy tomorrow morning.

(Definition of “today” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"today" in American English

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todayadverb [ not gradable ]

us /təˈdeɪ/

on this day:

What’s the date today?
We could go today or tomorrow.

Today can also be used more generally to mean now rather than in the past:

People are more worried today than ever before.
today
noun [ U ] us /təˈdeɪ/

Today is even hotter than yesterday!

(Definition of “today” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)