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yesterday

[ yes-ter-dey, -dee ]
/ ˈyɛs tərˌdeɪ, -di /
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adverb

on the day preceding this day.
a short time ago: Yesterday your money went further.

noun

the day preceding this day.
time in the immediate past.

adjective

belonging or pertaining to the day before or to a time in the immediate past: yesterday morning.

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Origin of yesterday

before 950; Middle English; Old English geostran dæg.See yester-, day

OTHER WORDS FROM yesterday

yes·ter·day·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for yesterday

yesterday
/ (ˈjɛstədɪ, -ˌdeɪ) /

noun

the day immediately preceding today
(often plural) the recent past

adverb

on or during the day before today
in the recent past
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Idioms and Phrases with yesterday

yesterday

see not born yesterday.

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