If it's in the past, it's not current. If it's out of date, out of style, or out of time, it's not current. If it's up-to-the-minute, right now, and in the present, it is current.

Origins of the word current all point to the meaning "present." Things that are current are happening now; they are part of the present time. News reporting looks at "current affairs" because past affairs are no longer news; they are history. Expressions like "staying current" or "keeping up with current events" show a need or desire to know what's popular, important, or relevant now. As a noun, a current can be a flow of water, electricity, or ideas.

Definitions of current
  1. adjective
    occurring in or belonging to the present time
    current events”
    “the current topic”
    current negotiations”
    current psychoanalytic theories”
    “the ship's current position”
    being or existing at the present moment
    afoot, underway
    currently in progress
    passing from one to another
    contemporary, present-day
    belonging to the present time
    currently holding an office
    of current relevance
    in current use or ready for use
    presently occurring (either causally or incidentally)
    on-going, ongoing
    currently happening
    on-line, online
    being in progress now
    of interest at the present time
    reflecting the latest information or changes
    latest, up-to-the-minute
    up to the immediate present; most recent or most up-to-date
    belonging to the modern era; since the Middle Ages
    not of long duration; having just (or relatively recently) come into being or been made or acquired or discovered
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    not current or belonging to the present time
    of an earlier date
    no longer having force or relevance
    disused, obsolete
    no longer in use
    out-of-date, outdated, superannuated
    old; no longer valid or fashionable
    becoming obsolete
    of long duration; not new
    earlier than the present time; no longer current
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  2. noun
    a steady flow of a fluid (usually from natural causes)
    “the raft floated downstream on the current
    synonyms: stream
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    tidal current, tidal flow
    the water current caused by the tides
    rip current, riptide
    a strong surface current flowing outwards from a shore
    undercurrent, undertide
    a current below the surface of a fluid
    torrent, violent stream
    a violently fast stream of water (or other liquid)
    eddy, twist
    a miniature whirlpool or whirlwind resulting when the current of a fluid doubles back on itself
    maelstrom, vortex, whirlpool
    a powerful circular current of water (usually the result of conflicting tides)
    ocean current
    the steady flow of surface ocean water in a prevailing direction
    aegir, bore, eager, eagre, tidal bore
    a high wave (often dangerous) caused by tidal flow (as by colliding tidal currents or in a narrow estuary)
    sea purse, sea puss, sea-poose, sea-purse, sea-puss, undertow
    the seaward undercurrent created after waves have broken on the shore
    (Greek mythology) a ship-devouring whirlpool lying on the other side of a narrow strait from Scylla
    El Nino
    (oceanography) a warm ocean current that flows along the equator from the date line and south off the coast of Ecuador at Christmas time
    equatorial current
    any of the ocean currents that flow westward at the equator
    Gulf stream
    a warm ocean current that flows from the Gulf of Mexico northward through the Atlantic Ocean
    Japan current, Kuroshio, Kuroshio current
    a warm ocean current that flows northeastwardly off the coast of Japan into the northern Pacific ocean
    Humboldt current, Peruvian current
    a cold ocean current that flows north along the Pacific Coast of South America before turning west
    type of:
    flow, flowing
    the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)
  3. noun
    air moving (sometimes with considerable force) from an area of high pressure to an area of low pressure
    synonyms: air current, current of air, wind
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    a relatively well-defined prevailing wind
    calm, calm air
    wind moving at less than 1 knot; 0 on the Beaufort scale
    air, breeze, gentle wind, zephyr
    a slight wind (usually refreshing)
    chinook, chinook wind, snow eater
    a warm dry wind blowing down the eastern slopes of the Rockies
    a dusty wind from the Sahara that blows toward the western coast of Africa during the winter
    wind blowing across the path of a ship or aircraft
    foehn, fohn
    a warm dry wind that blows down the northern slopes of the Alps
    an oppressively hot southerly wind from the Sahara that blows across Egypt in the spring
    Santa Ana
    a strong hot dry wind that blows in winter from the deserts of southern California toward the Pacific Coast
    high wind
    a very strong wind
    wind blowing opposite to the path of a ship or aircraft
    catabatic wind, katabatic wind
    a wind caused by the downward motion of cold air
    wind blowing in the same direction as the path of a ship or aircraft
    a belt of calms and light winds between the northern and southern trade winds of the Atlantic and Pacific
    east wind, easter, easterly
    a wind from the east
    northwest wind, northwester
    a wind from the northwest
    sou'wester, southwester
    a strong wind from the southwest
    sou'easter, southeaster
    a strong wind from the southeast
    a strong wind moving 34–40 knots; force 8 on Beaufort scale
    blast, blow, gust
    a strong current of air
    a seasonal wind in southern Asia; blows from the southwest (bringing rain) in summer and from the northeast in winter
    any wind that changes direction with the seasons
    boreas, north wind, norther, northerly
    a wind that blows from the north
    prevailing wind
    the predominant wind direction
    samiel, simoom, simoon
    a violent hot sand-laden wind on the deserts of Arabia and North Africa
    south wind, souther, southerly
    a wind from the south
    sudden violent winds; often accompanied by precipitation
    rising current of warm air
    draft, draught
    a current of air (usually coming into a chimney or room or vehicle)
    west wind, wester
    wind that blows from west to east
    wind in the upper atmosphere blowing above but in the opposite direction from the trade winds
    bise, bize
    a dry cold north wind in southeastern France
    sea breeze
    a cooling breeze from the sea (during the daytime)
    a slight movement of the air
    light air
    wind moving 1-3 knots; 1 on the Beaufort scale
    light breeze
    wind moving 4-7 knots; 2 on the Beaufort scale
    gentle breeze
    wind moving 7-10 knots; 3 on the Beaufort scale
    moderate breeze
    wind moving 13-18 knots; 4 on the Beaufort scale
    fresh breeze
    wind moving 19-24 knots; 5 on the Beaufort scale
    strong breeze
    wind moving 25-31 knots; 6 on the Beaufort scale
    moderate gale, near gale
    wind moving 32-38 knots; 7 on the Beaufort scale
    fresh gale
    wind moving 39-46 knots; 8 on the Beaufort scale
    strong gale
    wind moving 47-54 knots; 9 on the Beaufort scale
    whole gale
    wind moving 55-63 knots; 10 on the Beaufort scale
    a violent gusty wind
    a blast of wind laden with sand
    jet stream
    a high-speed high-altitude airstream blowing from west to east near the top of the troposphere; has important effects of the formation of weather fronts
    an easterly wind in the western Mediterranean area
    a strong north wind that blows in France during the winter
    puff, puff of air, whiff
    a short light gust of air
    line squall
    a squall advancing along a front that forms a definite line
    trade, trade wind
    steady winds blowing from east to west above and below the equator
    antitrade, antitrade wind
    winds blowing from west to east and lying above the trade winds in the tropics
    tramontana, tramontane
    a cold dry wind that blows south out of the mountains into Italy and the western Mediterranean
    a strong upward air current
    a strong downward air current
    prevailing westerly, westerly
    the winds from the west that occur in the temperate zones of the Earth
    type of:
    atmospheric condition, conditions, weather, weather condition
    the atmospheric conditions that comprise the state of the atmosphere in terms of temperature and wind and clouds and precipitation
  4. noun
    a flow of electricity through a conductor
    “the current was measured in amperes”
    synonyms: electric current
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    electric current
    thermionic current
    an electric current produced between two electrodes as a result of electrons emitted by thermionic emission
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    electrical phenomenon
    a physical phenomenon involving electricity
  5. noun
    dominant course (suggestive of running water) of successive events or ideas
    “the current of history”
    synonyms: flow, stream
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    type of:
    course, line, trajectory
    a connected series of events or actions or developments
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