[ dey-tuh-dey ]
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  1. occurring each day; daily: day-to-day chores; day-to-day worries.

  2. 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. 2024

How to use day-to-day in a sentence

  • What seemed important to them, all the drives of ordinary day-to-day existence, had never seemed very important to him.

    The Stars, My Brothers | Edmond Hamilton
  • His Spirit seeks to incarnate Himself in the day-to-day decisions of every responsible person in every sphere of his living.

    Herein is Love | Reuel L. Howe
  • And finally, they must know what constitutes a happy marriage—what to aim for in their day-to-day association.

  • This is due, in part, to the fact that we often confuse total expenses with day-to-day expenses.

  • But this is not necessary on a day-to-day basis, and it could be on an informal basis with other agencies.

    Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

British Dictionary definitions for day-to-day


  1. routine; everyday: day-to-day chores

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Other Idioms and Phrases with day-to-day


Also, from day to day.

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