current

I UK [ˈkʌrənt] / US adjective [usually before noun] ***
happening or existing now

Production is likely to remain at current levels.

the current situation/climate:

There are several reasons for the current political situation.

the current trend (= the way things are developing):

Given current trends, car usage will increase.

a) believed or practised by many people at the present time

current educational thinking

Two theories were then widely current.

b) correct or legal at the present time

Is this your current address?

A solicitor must have a current practising certificate.


II UK [ˈkʌrənt] / US noun
Word forms "current":
singular current plural currents
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1) [countable] a strong movement of water in one direction

Strong currents and winds swept their boat out to sea.

2) [countable] a strong movement of air in one direction

Birds of prey use air currents to lift them.

A fan supplies a current of fresh air.

3) [countable/uncountable] a flow of electricity

electric current

current of opinion/thought/feeling — the opinions/thoughts/feelings of the majority of people at a particular time

There was a strong current of opinion in favour of war.


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