1 contemporary, ongoing, present, contemporaneous, simultaneous, coeval:
The current issue of the magazine came out last week.
2 prevalent, prevailing, common, popular, accepted, known, widespread, reported, in circulation, going round or around, bruited about, widely known, in the air, present-day:
The current theories reject those of a decade ago.
3 fashionable, stylish, à la mode, modish, in vogue, latest, up to date, Colloq trendy:
The current trend is towards shorter skirts.
4 US up to date, in the know, informed, advised, in touch, aware, posted, au courant, au fait, on the qui vive:
The Financial Journal keeps me current on stock prices.
5 stream, flow, undercurrent:
The canoe was caught in the current and carried away.
6 course, progress, tendency, tenor, drift, trend, inclination, mainstream:
The current of public opinion is turning in favour of policies that are more environmentally responsible.
1 continuous flowing movement of water
fast, fast-flowing, powerful, strong | dangerous, treacherous | ocean | prevailing
The prevailing current flows from east to west.
| off-shore | tidal
CURRENT + VERB
flow | carry sb/sth, sweep sb/sth
The strong current carried the boat downstream. She was swept away by the treacherous currents.
against a/the ~
He was swimming against the current.
| in a/the ~
The boat was carried along in the current.
| with a/the ~
It's easier to go with the current.
2 flow of air
warm | air
Birds of prey use warm air currents to lift them high in the sky.
a current of air
3 flow of electricity through a wire
strong, weak | electric, electrical | alternating | direct | input, output
VERB + CURRENT
generate, produce | carry, pass, transmit | switch off/on
Check all your wiring before switching on the current.
CURRENT + VERB
flow, pass through sth
Measure the current flowing in the wire.
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