Goods now on sale; the now aging dictator.
Now, this is where the story really gets interesting.
Our now governor.
The now sound of this new rock band.
Wouldn't work up to now.
Now pay attention.
An example of now used as an adverb is the phrase right now, meaning someone is immediately going outside.
Now we won't be able to stay.
Now, let's get down to work.
The now generation.
Left the room just now.
Now that spring is here, we can expect milder weather.
Now the best days of his childhood began.
- Very recently; not long ago.He left just now.
- Very soon.They are leaving just now.
Now we'll never know what happened.
Now you've arrived, I can stop worrying.
That's all for now.
Now, now—it's not so bad after all!
Now hot, now cold.
Now I am six.
Now, we all want what is best for our children. Now, stop that Jimmy!
Now I am ready. We all now want the latest toys for our children. We all want what is now best for our children.
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.
Now, he remembered why he had come. He now asked her whether she had made pudding. The pudding was now ready to be served.
Now listen, we must do something about this.
The ship was now listing to port.
Now, be careful!
- from this time on; after this; in the future
- sometimes; occasionally
Other Word Forms
Origin of now
- Middle English from Old English nū nu- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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 nú (“now"), Latin num (“even now, whether"), Latin nunc (“now"), Albanian ni (“now"), Lithuanian nù (“now"), Avestan [script?] (nÅ«, “now"), Sanskrit नु (nu, “now").