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  1. (of persons, buildings, etc.) keeping up with the times, as in outlook, information, ideas, appearance, or style.
  2. in accordance with the latest or newest ideas, standards, techniques, styles, etc.; modern.
  3. extending to the present time; current; including the latest information or facts: an up-to-date report.
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Origin of up-to-date

First recorded in 1865–70
Related formsup-to-date·ly, adverbup-to-date·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for up-to-dateness

Historical Examples

  • This is a pity, for it is delightful, or was, before all this up-to-dateness came.

    Rambles on the Riviera

    Francis Miltoun

  • May I check the up-to-dateness of your ship's equipment, please?

    Waste Not, Want

    Dave Dryfoos

  • I didn't flatter myself either that this was because of my superior frankness or up-to-dateness.

    One Way Out

    William Carleton

  • Everyone who knows you, Mr. De Gex, is well aware of your up-to-dateness, and your great generosity.

  • In other respects the Hôtel de la Poste was a marvel of up-to-dateness.

    The Automobilist Abroad

    M. F. (Milburg Francisco) Mansfield

British Dictionary definitions for up-to-dateness


    1. modern, current, or fashionablean up-to-date magazine
    2. (predicative)the magazine is up to date
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Derived Formsup-to-dately, adverbup-to-dateness, noun
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Word Origin and History for up-to-dateness



1868, "right to the present time," from phrase up to date, probably originally from bookkeeping. Meaning "having the latest facts" is recorded from 1889; that of "having current styles and tastes" is from 1891.

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