An example of now used as an adverb is the phrase right now, meaning someone is immediately going outside.
- at the present time; at this moment
- at once
- at the time referred to; then; next: now the best days of his childhood began
- at a time very close to the present; specif.,
- very recently; not long ago: with just: he left just now
- very soon: often with just: they are leaving just now
- given the situation; with things as they are: now we'll never know what happened
Origin of nowMiddle English from Old English nu, akin to Old Norse Goth, Old High German nu from Indo-European base an unverified form nu- from source Classical Greek nu, Classical Latin nunc
- used to signify warning, reproach, etc.: now, be careful!
- used with no definite meaning, to provide emphasis or to preface or resume one's remarks: now, this is where the story really gets interesting
- used to express sympathy, concern, consolation, etc. when repeated: now, now—it's not so bad after all!
from now on
now and then
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- negotiable order of withdrawal
- At the present time: goods now on sale; the now aging dictator.
- At once; immediately: Stop now.
- In the immediate past; very recently: left the room just now.
- At this point in the series of events; then: The ship was now listing to port.
- At times; sometimes: now hot, now cold.
- In these circumstances; as things are: Now we won't be able to stay.
- a. Used to introduce a command, reproof, or request: Now pay attention.b. Used to indicate a change of subject or to preface a remark: Now, let's get down to work.
- Of the present time; current: our now governor.
- Slang Currently fashionable; trendy: the now sound of this new rock band.
Origin of nowMiddle English from Old English nū ; see nu- in Indo-European roots.
- Present; current.
- (archaic, law) At the time the will is written. Used in order to prevent any inheritance from being transferred to a person of a future marriage. Does not indicate the existence of a previous marriage.
- Now wife.
- (informal) Fashionable; popular; up to date; current.
- I think this band's sound is very now.
- At the present time.
- Now I am six.
- (sentence) Used to introduce a point, a remonstration or a rebuke.
- Now, we all want what is best for our children. Now, stop that Jimmy!
- Differently from the immediate past; differently from a more remote past or a possible future; differently from all other times.
- Now I am ready. We all now want the latest toys for our children. We all want what is now best for our children.
- Differently from the situation before a (stated or implied) event or change of circumstance.
- Now my whole life is different. Now all the children have grown up and left, the house is very quiet. Now that my sister has gotten rid of their cat, we can go to her house this coming Thanksgiving.
- At the time reached within a narration.
- Now, he remembered why he had come. He now asked her whether she had made pudding. The pudding was now ready to be served.
- In the context of urgency.
- Now listen, we must do something about this.
(usually uncountable, plural nows)
From Middle English now, nou, nu, from Old English nÅ« (“now, at present, at this time, immediately, very recently"), from Proto-Germanic *nu (“now"), from Proto-Indo-European *nÅ« (“now"). Cognate with Scots noo (“now"), Saterland Frisian nu (“now"), West Frisian no (“now"), Dutch nu, nou (“now"), German nu, nun (“now"), Swedish nu (“now"), Icelandic nÃº (“now"), Latin num (“even now, whether"), Latin nunc (“now"), Albanian ni (“now"), Lithuanian nÃ¹ (“now"), Avestan [script?] (nÅ«, “now"), Sanskrit à¤¨à¥ (nu, “now").
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