Definition of “current” - English Dictionary

“current” in British English

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currentadjective

uk /ˈkʌr.ənt/ us /ˈkɝː.ənt/

B2 of the present time:

Have you seen the current issue of (= the most recently published) Vogue magazine?
The word is no longer in current use.

More examples

  • Who is the current editor of the Times?
  • A lot of businesses are being hurt by the current high interest rates.
  • I wouldn't work for them even if they paid me twice my current salary.
  • What are your current child-care arrangements?
  • Most of the current troubles stem from our new computer system.
currently
adverb uk /ˈkʌr.ənt.li/ us /ˈkɝː.ənt.li/

Examples

  • The manufacturers are currently testing the new engine.
  • The England cricket team is currently on tour in Pakistan.
  • Our social club currently has about 80 members.
  • The interest rate on my credit card is currently 25.5% APR.
  • He currently holds the position of technical manager.

B2

The Director is currently having talks in the US

currentnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkʌr.ənt/ us /ˈkɝː.ənt/

(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 present time or most recent:

Under current state law, students can drop out of school legally at age 17.

currentnoun [ C ]

us /ˈkɜr·ənt, ˈkʌr·ənt/

current noun [ C ] (MOVEMENT)

a movement of water or air:

The boat drifted 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 /ˈkʌrənt/ us

happening or existing at the present time:

A lot of businesses are being hurt by the current high interest rates.
The group said it would return to profit within the current financial year.
They offered to pay me twice my current salary.
Who is the current editor of the Times?

currentnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkʌrənt/ us

an opinion or a feeling that a group of people have:

The general current of opinion is against such drastic cuts in public spending.
There is a growing current of support for environmental issues among consumers.

(Definition of “current” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)