Definition of day-to-day in English:

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Pronunciation: /deɪtəˈdeɪ/


1Happening regularly every day: the day-to-day management of the classroom he is battling the disease on a day-to-day basis
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  • ‘For us, it's not just about day-to-day regulation, it's about the real impact on business,’ says founder Kevin Bradley.
  • No telly, on account of the fact the schedulers have so perfectly blended Christmas morning into the regular day-to-day line-up that there was nothing even vaguely worth watching.
  • His role as a special already involves most aspects of day-to-day policing, including regular supervision of about 30 special constables.
regular, routine, habitual, everyday, daily, frequent, normal, standard, usual, familiar, typical
1.1Ordinary; everyday: our day-to-day domestic life
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  • But politicians who have real experience of grappling with the day-to-day problems and issues ordinary people have to face have a much better chance of understanding them.
  • Surrendering their most important form of identification will make it impossible to function in ordinary day-to-day life.
  • In terms of ordinary life and the day-to-day sharing of responsibilities for family life, most men and women have come to share equal partnerships.
1.2Short-term; without consideration for the future: the struggle for day-to-day survival
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  • Many Aboriginals are lukewarm on autonomy proposals because they are more concerned with day-to-day issues than the future survival of their culture, Kysul Lousu said.
  • But in the short term, when all they can think of is day-to-day survival, it is in their interest to keep the road with its potholes, so they can tax people as they go through it.
  • In a word, he is content - happy with his place, a soul not in search of a brighter future, but mainly day-to-day enlightenment.


On a daily basis: the information to be traded is determined day-to-day
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  • He had a lot of empathy with our clients, but day-to-day he wasn't in contact with them.
  • People live their lives day-to-day, but I know I might not be around next year.
  • In fact, her aunt Florie Taylor runs the business day-to-day.


[in singular]
An ordinary, everyday routine: they have come to escape the day-to-day
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  • And down on the factory floor, under limited supervision, machines run the day-to-day.
  • The day-to-day of this kind of film-making is very rewarding…
  • Time passes and the things which it seems impossible for her character to get used to - death, the loss of loved ones - become absorbed into the day-to-day.

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