Definition of “contemporary” - English Dictionary

“contemporary” in 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:

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/

(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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Gambling is a contemporary form of addiction.
The contemporary consumer is entitled to know whether the animals he or she consumes were fed genetically modified plants or not.
Although stabilization is an important aspect of economic policy in the contemporary economy and in the control of finances, very little is said on the subject at the official level.
We know that online shopping is a contemporary phenomenon, but that the laws that govern it are behind the times, and now it is time to move on.
However, voluntary associations are not the same as institutions, even though the maintenance of satisfactory democratic politics requires, in contemporary circumstances, that there be some public support for political parties.
We must serve the interests of future generations, and not think only of contemporary political wheeling and dealing, elections and referendums.
What kind of contemporary society would invest in training young girls, as we do, only to then deny itself of 50% of the available intelligence in the workplace?
Secondly, these are not contemporary works, which would attract the greatest interest, but older ones which are in the public domain.
I think that the presence of women in this area is what our world can offer in terms of modernity and democracy: a really new, contemporary contribution.
I believe that there is a need for an immediate review of all regulations based on standards which have been overtaken by life and by contemporary reality.