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"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 ​statedperiod 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 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 ​statedperiod 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 ​olderpeople.
(Definition of contemporary from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"contemporary" in Business English

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contemporaryadjective

uk   us   /kənˈtempərəri, kənˈtempəri/
existing or ​happening now: There is a need to remain ​responsive to the ever-changing ​challenges and ​opportunities of the contemporary ​businessenvironment. While there is a ​small but ​steadymarket 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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