Definition of current in English:

current

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Pronunciation: /ˈkʌr(ə)nt
 
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adjective

1Belonging to the present time; happening or being used or done now: keep abreast of current events I started my current job in 2001
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  • This was done in the current research by presenting events (bets on the toss of a coin) in blocks.
  • I'm not expected to be well-educated on modern politics and current events.
  • However, they obviously did not do enough because if there was not a serious problem the current turn of events would not have happened.
Synonyms
contemporary, present-day, present, contemporaneous, ongoing; topical, in the news, live, alive, happening, burning; modern, latest, popular, fashionable, in fashion, in vogue, up to date, up to the minute; Frenchde nos jours
informal trendy, now, in
1.1In common or general use: the other meaning of the word is still current
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  • A common current myth about American English is that it is being ruined by mass media.
  • The attitude current at the time was that they were an inferior race.
Synonyms
prevalent, prevailing, common, in general use, accepted, in circulation, circulating, going around, doing/making the rounds, popular, widespread, rife, about; talked of, on everyone's lips, bruited about

noun

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1A body of water or air moving in a definite direction, especially through a surrounding body of water or air in which there is less movement: ocean currents
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  • In the underwater world, the lateral system sensed the currents of water surrounding the fishes' bodies.
  • It is so big it has blocked wind and water currents that break up ice floes in McMurdo Sound during the Antarctic summer.
  • The data will cover things such as water currents, wind direction and temperatures.
Synonyms
steady flow, stream, backdraught, slipstream; airstream, thermal, updraught, draught; undercurrent, undertow, tide
2A flow of electricity which results from the ordered directional movement of electrically charged particles: this completes the circuit so that a current flows to the lamp magnetic fields are produced by currents flowing in the cables
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  • The very small particles stream through wires and circuits creating currents of electricity.
  • This interaction causes giant electrical currents to flow above our heads of around one million amps!
  • Due to certain conditions of the earth beneath dwellings, electrical currents are caused to flow, thus producing a magnetic field that extends into the dwelling space.
2.1A quantity representing the rate of flow of electric charge, usually measured in amperes: at high currents there is wasteful power dissipation
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  • Then measure the voltage and current by attaching your volt meter to the two pieces of metal.
  • As discussed previously, voltage is measured in volts, and current is measured in amps.
  • A first detector detects an average of the AC current applied to the charge member.
3The general tendency or course of events or opinion: the student movement formed a distinct current of protest
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  • This is why there is not a people in which these three currents of opinion do not coexist, turning man toward divergent and even contradictory directions.
  • The courts' response is generally slow, often several years behind the current of popular opinion.
  • They also provide a glimpse of the powerful social currents that shape the course of language usage in society.
Synonyms
course, progress, progression, flow, tide, movementtrend, drift, direction, tendency, swing, tenor

Origin

Middle English (in the adjective sense 'running, flowing'): from Old French corant 'running', from courre 'run', from Latin currere 'run'.

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