day noun

1 period of 24 hours

ADJ. the following, (the) next | the previous | the other I was in your area the other day (= recently). | one, some I hope we meet again some day. | the very It happened on the very day (= the same day) that Kemp was murdered. The parcel arrived the very next day. | auspicious, big, eventful, field, historic, memorable, red-letter, special The tabloid press had a field day with the latest government scandal. | fateful, sad those killed in the hail of bullets fired on that fateful day | Christmas, Mother's, etc. | feast, holy | election, opening, market, pay, polling, sports, visiting, wedding | rest, school, study, training the pattern of the school day

DAY + VERB pass He thought of her less as the days passed.

PREP. by the ~ He's getting stronger by the day. | for a/the ~ They stayed for ten days. | in a/the ~ We hope to finish the job in a few days. | on the ~ (of) On the day of his wedding he was very nervous. | ~ of It was the day of the big match.

2 time between sunrise and sunset

ADJ. beautiful, bright, fine, glorious, hot, nice, sunny, warm | cold, grey, rainy, windy | autumn, spring, summer/summer's, winter/winter's a fine summer's day | fun, good, great, happy, lovely, wonderful Memories of happy days on the hills never fade. | bad On a bad day chaos reigns and nobody can predict when a plane will leave. | full I knew I had a full day's driving ahead of me.

VERB + DAY spend We spent the day gardening.

DAY + VERB break, dawn As day dawned I found her already hard at work.

PREP. by ~ We travelled at night and rested by day. | during the ~, for a/the ~ We went to the seaside for the day.

PHRASES all day (long), at the end of the day, day and night, one of those days It's been one of those days when everything's gone wrong.

3 hours of the day when you work

ADJ. working | bad, busy, hard, long, tiring a hard day at the office | good, quiet | 7-hour, 8-hour, etc. a 9-hour working day

PHRASES a good day's work

4 (often days) particular period of time

ADJ. early, former, old, olden in the early days of the cinema | school, student, young in his younger days | golden, happy, heady the heady days of the ‘swinging sixties’ | dark the dark days of recession

PREP. in sb's ~ Things were very different in my grandfather's day. | of the ~ the government of the day | since the ~s of Much has changed since the days of my youth.

PHRASES gone are the days when … Gone are the days when you could do a week's shopping and still have change from £20. | the bad/good old days That was in the bad old days of rampant inflation. | in this day and age, in those days, the present day (= the situation that exists in the world now) a study of European drama, from Ibsen to the present day | these days Kids grow up so quickly these days. | those were the days (= used to suggest that a time in the past was better than now)
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of the week last, next, that, this (coming) ~ ~ last/next (week) The concert is this coming Wednesday. Are you free next Thursday? She's arriving on Friday next.

the ~ before, the previous ~ I'd been paid the previous Friday.

the following ~ She was due to start work the following Monday.

~ of last/next/that/this week He arrived on Monday of last week.

the ~ before last We came here the Tuesday before last.

~ week, a week on ~ I've bought tickets for Thursday week (= for the performance that is seven days after Thursday).

the first/second/third/last ~ in/of the month The museum is free on the last Sunday of every month.

alternate ~s, each, every ~ The competition is fixed for alternate Wednesdays.

all day ~ The restaurant is closed all day Saturday.

~ afternoon, evening, morning, night, etc. I'll see you on Friday evening. Saturday lunchtimes are very busy in the restaurant.

first thing (on) ~ I'll post it first thing on Monday morning.

late (on) ~ The crash occurred late on Tuesday night.

one ~ (written) One Saturday morning, without telling anyone of my plan, I boarded a bus and headed out.

spend ~ She liked to spend Saturday afternoon shopping.

see sb ~ (informal) So I'll see you Monday, then?

manage ~ (informal) I could manage (= meet you on) Tuesday, say 11.30?

open/closed (on) ~ We're open every day except Sunday.

~ arrive, come, dawn (written) Monday dawned still and misty, with a promise of autumn sunshine.

on (a) ~ A public meeting is to be held on Wednesday at the town hall.She was born on a Sunday.I like to just relax on Saturdays.

between ~ and ~ (from) ~ to ~ The ticket office is open until 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.

by, no later than ~ Entries are to arrive no later than Monday, 1 October. A special meeting is arranged for Friday 17 May.

~'s deadline, election, game, meeting, performance, race, etc. He was not present at Tuesday's meeting.