[ dey-tuh-dey ]
/ ˈdeɪ təˈdeɪ /


occurring each day; daily: day-to-day chores; day-to-day worries.
concerned only with immediate needs or desires without preparation for the future.

Origin of day-to-day

Middle English word dating back to 1150–1200 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for day to day



routine; everydayday-to-day chores
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with day to day

day to day

Also, from day to day.


Continuously, without interruption, on a daily basis. For example, Running this office day to day is not an easy task. [Late 1800s]


live from day to day. Be interested only in immediate concerns, without thought for the future. For example, Jean lives from day to day, planning nothing in advance. Also see live for the moment.

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