Now definition

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Nowadays.
adverb
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At the present time.

Goods now on sale; the now aging dictator.

adverb
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At once; immediately.

Stop now.

adverb
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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.

interjection
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Of the present time; current.

Our now governor.

adjective
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(slang) Currently fashionable; trendy.

The now sound of this new rock band.

adjective
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The present time or moment.

Wouldn't work up to now.

noun
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Used to introduce a command, reproof, or request.

Now pay attention.

adverb
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Now is defined as at the present time or immediately.

An example of now used as an adverb is the phrase right now, meaning someone is immediately going outside.

adverb
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In these circumstances; as things are.

Now we won't be able to stay.

adverb
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Used to indicate a change of subject or to preface a remark.

Now, let's get down to work.

adverb
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(informal) Of the present or current time.

The now generation.

adjective
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In the immediate past; very recently.

Left the room just now.

adverb
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Seeing that; since. Often used with that:

Now that spring is here, we can expect milder weather.

conjunction
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At the time referred to; then; next.

Now the best days of his childhood began.

adverb
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At a time very close to the present.
  • Very recently; not long ago.
    He left just now.
  • Very soon.
    They are leaving just now.
adverb
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Given the situation; with things as they are.

Now we'll never know what happened.

adverb
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At the present time; at this moment.
adverb
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At once.
adverb
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Since; seeing that.

Now you've arrived, I can stop worrying.

conjunction
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The present time.

That's all for now.

noun
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Used to express sympathy, concern, consolation, etc. when repeated.

Now, now—it's not so bad after all!

interjection
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Negotiable order of withdrawal.
abbreviation
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adjective
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(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.

adjective
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At times; sometimes.

Now hot, now cold.

adverb
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(informal) Fashionable; popular; up to date; current.

I think this band's sound is very now.

adjective
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At the present time.

Now I am six.

adverb
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(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!

adverb
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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.

adverb
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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.

adverb
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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.

adverb
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In the context of urgency.

Now listen, we must do something about this.

adverb
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Since, because, in light of the fact.

We can play football now that the rain has stopped.

conjunction
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Indicates a signal to begin.

Now! Fire all we've got while the enemy is in reach!

interjection
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(uncountable) The present time.
  • (often with "the") The state of not paying attention to the future or the past.
    She is living in the now.
  • (countable, chiefly in phenomenology) A particular instant in time, as perceived at that instant.

Now is the right time.

There is no better time than now.

noun
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At this point in the series of events; then.

The ship was now listing to port.

adverb
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Used to signify warning, reproach, etc.

Now, be careful!

interjection
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now and again
  • Occasionally.
idiom
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from now on
  • from this time on; after this; in the future
idiom
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now and then
  • sometimes; occasionally
idiom
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
now
Plural:
nows

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of now

  • Middle English from Old English 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 (“now"), Latin num (“even now, whether"), Latin nunc (“now"), Albanian ni (“now"), Lithuanian (“now"), Avestan [script?] (nÅ«, “now"), Sanskrit नु (nu, “now").

    From Wiktionary