Meaning of day-to-day in English:


Pronunciation /deɪtəˈdeɪ/

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  • 1Happening regularly every day.

    ‘the day-to-day management of the classroom’
    • ‘he is battling the disease on a day-to-day basis’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘I could go into detail about the day-to-day happenings of the course.’
    • ‘Still, the burdens of government regulation and public education on top of day-to-day forest management are sometimes overwhelming.’
    • ‘When you have laid in your store, you should draw on it regularly for day-to-day use, replacing what you use by new purchases, so that the stock in your cupboard is constantly being changed.’
    • ‘One needs to domesticate the stimulus - to make prayer a natural, comfortable event, a day-to-day happening.’
    • ‘As her abilities decrease, she will need increasing help to do day-to-day tasks.’
    • ‘I have the primary role of financial controller and my day-to-day function is to make sure that we've got the adequate finances to meet our goals.’
    regular, routine, habitual, everyday, daily, frequent, normal, standard, usual, familiar, typical
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    1. 1.1Ordinary; everyday.
      ‘our day-to-day domestic life’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But that protest should not be made by disturbing the day-to-day lives of ordinary people.’
      • ‘It's as if the poetry you write is what you don't seem to be able to express in your ordinary day-to-day transactions.’
      • ‘These are different from the reforms of the early 1990s that created cataclysmic changes in the day-to-day life of ordinary Russians.’
      • ‘It is the relatively unremarked legislation that can often have the most profound impact on the day-to-day lives of ordinary people.’
      • ‘On the face of it, it's just ordinary, day-to-day business.’
      • ‘Where had her day-to-day routine gone from ordinary to bizarre?’
      • ‘Its language and style remain miles away from the day-to-day concerns of ordinary black South Africans.’
      • ‘Many of the ordinary aspects of day-to-day life are forgotten within hours or days.’
      • ‘Never assume that other people will be interested in the banal day-to-day trivia of your mundane existence!’
      • ‘The books are about the mundane day-to-day affairs of people.’
      • ‘Such statements are common in our day-to-day conversation.’
      • ‘A day-to-day scenario of an average Zambian road is one that is congested with all sorts of vehicles regardless of their mission.’
      • ‘If contemporary art does nothing else, it at least creates a sense of difference from the mundane reality of day-to-day media.’
      • ‘Episodes 1 through 3 establish the characters and their day-to-day grind.’
      • ‘‘The agencies can select the happenings of the day-to-day life in the ads to make them more realistic,’ he says.’
      • ‘Compared to other athletes who are always surrounded by so many people, I feel pretty fortunate just to be able to deal with regular day-to-day things.’
      • ‘The novel brings to life the day-to-day happenings in a village in the 1930s, delving into the psyche of its inhabitants, both male and female.’
      ordinary, average, run-of-the-mill, middle-of-the-road, mainstream, conventional, unremarkable, unexceptional, unpretentious, plain, simple, undistinguished, nondescript, characterless, colourless, commonplace, humdrum, mundane, unmemorable, unspectacular, pedestrian, prosaic
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    2. 1.2Short-term; without consideration for the future.
      ‘the struggle for day-to-day survival’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘By focusing on one set of issues at a time, his team deals better with both day-to-day issues and future strategy.’
      • ‘Outside the capital, international-aid workers say that the cold and hungry people are too concerned about day-to-day survival to bother with ideology.’
      • ‘Poverty means sex workers are more concerned with day-to-day survival than the threat of an infection whose deadly consequences lie many years in the future.’
      • ‘Two other special education teachers in the junior high school had a lasting and profound impact on my day-to-day survival as a first-year special education teacher.’
      • ‘In this context, often their fear of HIV and AIDS seemed less immediate than the day-to-day survival of their families and themselves.’
      • ‘Now, as the economy staggers and falters, day-to-day survival presses more harshly, which makes social commitment still tougher.’
      • ‘I seem to have no purpose beyond day-to-day survival.’
      • ‘Whatever romantic notions they have about pioneer life quickly dissolve in the day-to-day imperatives of survival in this wilderness.’
      • ‘He hopes to do bigger projects in the future but must always cope with the day-to-day necessities.’
      • ‘But men and women do face a range of different choices and obstacles when planning their financial futures and day-to-day management.’
      • ‘Too much heat is generated by day-to-day issues that focus concern on short-term fixes rather than long-term solutions.’
      • ‘He wants to work towards the future of the country as opposed to the day-to-day issues.’
      • ‘Although you are still intact, many of your dreams and plans for the future, as well as your day-to-day existence, may suddenly be unrecognizable bits and pieces.’
      • ‘So, they live a day-to-day existence, unsure of what the future will bring.’
      • ‘For Australian mothers, the conundrum of achieving work-life balance extends beyond surviving the day-to-day difficulties.’
      • ‘These rates cannot help but influence the development of adolescents attempting to survive on a day-to-day existence.’
      • ‘Too many of us have become caught up in the day-to-day struggle to survive and in our private lives.’


  • On a daily basis.

    ‘the information to be traded is determined day-to-day’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fortunato, affectionately known as ‘Toto’, cares for the menu day-to-day.’
    • ‘Walker acknowledges that there are challenges in operating the club day-to-day, particularly on the administrative side.’
    • ‘If your dietary habits are relatively the same day-to-day, and your weight has been steady for at least a month, you can skip to Step 3.’
    • ‘To build a truly great company, we can't play the game day-to-day.’
    • ‘James Kennedy, who managed the project day-to-day for Sky, uses that phrase.’
    • ‘And what makes ordinary women angry day-to-day?’
    • ‘You can however, see the excitement building day-to-day, creeping into his voice at odd times, and manifesting in increasing difficulty in getting him to sleep at night.’
    • ‘He added: ‘Businesses are finding it extremely difficult to run day-to-day if they can't keep promises on deliveries.’’
    • ‘How do we deal day-to-day with someone's absence?’
    • ‘But what's interesting is how it affects our culture day-to-day.’
    • ‘It's Tuesday now, so I'll do Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd today, and then try and keep up day-to-day, thanks to the extensive notes on my Palm.’
    • ‘Things would be less secure day-to-day, but we'd be unlikely to have something of this scope, which is the result of all of our safety precautions.’
    • ‘The couple existed day-to-day until the court case in November, when they had to come face-to-face with the victims' families for the first time.’
    • ‘If you're not involved day-to-day in the group's existence, it's difficult to make contact with those who are.’
    • ‘I think you - you live your life day-to-day, and you take each day as it comes to you.’
    • ‘They came to Ireland and found a warmth and an ease in communicating day-to-day that is remarkably different to England.’
    • ‘But Mr Waters says inspectors can be out of touch with what it is like to be working day-to-day in a classroom.’


in singular
  • An ordinary, everyday routine.

    • ‘they have come to escape the day-to-day’