Meaning of CURRENT in English


I. ˈkər-ənt, ˈkə-rənt adjective

Etymology: Middle English curraunt, from Anglo-French corant, present participle of cure, courre to run, from Latin currere — more at car

Date: 14th century


a. archaic : running , flowing


(1) : presently elapsing

the current year

(2) : occurring in or existing at the present time

the current crisis

(3) : most recent

the magazine's current issue

2. : used as a medium of exchange

3. : generally accepted, used, practiced, or prevalent at the moment

current fashions

• cur·rent·ly adverb

• cur·rent·ness noun

II. noun

Date: 14th century


a. : the part of a fluid body (as air or water) moving continuously in a certain direction

b. : the swiftest part of a stream

c. : a tidal or nontidal movement of lake or ocean water

d. : flow marked by force or strength


a. : a tendency or course of events that is usually the result of an interplay of forces

current s of public opinion

b. : a prevailing mood : strain

3. : a flow of electric charge ; also : the rate of such flow

Synonyms: see tendency

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.