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UK [deɪ] / US noun
Word forms "day":
singular day plural days
a) [countable] one of the periods of time that a week is divided into, equal to 24 hours

We're going away for five days.

The animals are kept inside for 14 hours a day.

24 hours a day (= during the whole of the day and night):

The shop is open 24 hours a day.

b) [countable, usually singular] the period of time when you are awake and doing things
every day:

You should try to go for a walk every day.

all day (long):

What do you do at home all day?

a bad/hard/long day (= a difficult or unpleasant day):

She came home exhausted after a hard day at the office.

a day off (= a day when you do not work):

I've got a day off next week.

a day out (= a day when you go out somewhere for fun or enjoyment):

All children enjoy a day out at the fair.

2) [countable/uncountable] the period of time when it is light outside

There was not enough of the day left to finish the game.

during the day:

The restaurant is only open during the day.

by day (= during the day):

By day he is a banker, but by night he sings in a club.

3) [singular] a period of time in the past or future

We look forward to the day when nuclear weapons will no longer exist.

the day will/may/might come (when):

The day may come when our air becomes too polluted to breathe.

4) days
[plural] a period of time when you are doing a particular thing, or when something is happening or is successful

I think my days as a footballer are coming to an end.

That was back in the days of the horse and cart.

the early days of something:

She became famous in the early days of television.

(as) clear/plain as dayinformal very easy to understand, see, or hear

It was as plain as day that he was lying.

a/the big day — a very important day, especially the day arranged for your wedding

Do you think the team's ready for the big day?

day and night/night and day — all the time

Electricians have been working day and night to restore electricity supplies to the area.

have had your/its day — to have stopped being successful, effective, or fashionable, especially because of being no longer young

His kind of comedy has had its day.

of someone's/something's day — during the time when someone or something existed

When it first came out, it was the finest television of its day.

win/carry the day — to be successful in dealing with opposition or an opponent

Common sense at last won the day.

It was Collingwood's bowling that finally carried the day for England.


English dictionary. 2014.

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