Meaning of DAY in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ deɪ ]

( days)

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.


A day is one of the seven twenty-four hour periods of time in a week.



Day is the time when it is light, or the time when you are up and doing things.

27 million working days are lost each year due to work accidents and sickness...

He arranged for me to go down to London one day a week...

The snack bar is open during the day.

≠ night



You can refer to a particular period in history as a particular day or as particular days .

He began to talk about the Ukraine of his uncle’s day...

She is doing just fine these days.

N-COUNT : with supp


If something happens day after day , it happens every day without stopping.

The newspaper job had me doing the same thing day after day.



In this day and age means in modern times.

Even in this day and age the old attitudes persist.



If you say that something has seen better days , you mean that it is old and in poor condition.

The tweed jacket she wore had seen better days.

PHRASE : V inflects


If you call it a day , you decide to stop what you are doing because you are tired of it or because it is not successful.

Faced with mounting debts, the decision to call it a day was inevitable...

PHRASE : V inflects


If someone carries the day , they are the winner in a contest such as a battle, debate, or sporting competition. ( JOURNALISM )

For the time being, the liberals seem to have carried the day.

PHRASE : V inflects


If you say that something has had its day , you mean that the period during which it was most successful or popular has now passed.

Beat music may finally have had its day...

PHRASE : V inflects


If something makes your day , it makes you feel very happy. ( INFORMAL )

Come on, Bill. Send Tom a card and make his day...

PHRASE : V inflects


One day or some day or one of these days means at some time in the future.

I too dreamed of living in London one day...

I hope some day you will find the woman who will make you happy...

PHRASE : PHR with cl


If you say that something happened the other day , you mean that it happened a few days ago.

I phoned your office the other day...

PHRASE : PHR with cl


If someone or something saves the day in a situation which seems likely to fail, they manage to make it successful.

...this story about how he saved the day at his daughter’s birthday party...

PHRASE : V inflects


If something happens from day to day or day by day , it happens each day.

Your needs can differ from day to day...

I live for the moment, day by day, not for the past.



If it is a month or a year to the day since a particular thing happened, it is exactly a month or a year since it happened.

It was January 19, a year to the day since he had arrived in Singapore...

PHRASE : amount PHR


To this day means up until and including the present time.

To this day young Zulu boys practise fighting.

PHRASE : PHR with cl


If a particular person, group, or thing wins the day , they win a battle, struggle, or competition. If they lose the day , they are defeated. ( mainly JOURNALISM )

His determination and refusal to back down had won the day...

PHRASE : V inflects


If you say that a task is all in a day’s work for someone, you mean that they do not mind doing it although it may be difficult, because it is part of their job or because they often do it.

For war reporters, dodging snipers’ bullets is all in a day’s work...

PHRASE : usu v-link PHR , oft PHR for n


your day in court: see court

it’s early days: see early

at the end of the day: see end

late in the day: see late

someone’s days are numbered: see number

the good old days: see old

Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Английский словарь Коллинз COBUILD для изучающих язык на продвинутом уровне.