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now

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adverb \ˈnau̇\

Simple Definition of now

  • : at the present time

  • : in the next moment : very soon

  • : in the present situation

Full Definition of now

  1. 1 a :  at the present time or moment b :  in the time immediately before the present <thought of them just now> c :  in the time immediately to follow :  forthwith <come in now>

  2. 2 —used with the sense of present time weakened or lost to express command, request, or admonition <now hear this> <now you be sure to write>

  3. 3 —used with the sense of present time weakened or lost to introduce an important point or indicate a transition (as of ideas) <now, this may seem reasonable at first>

  4. 4 :  sometimes <now one and now another>

  5. 5 :  under the present circumstances

  6. 6 :  at the time referred to <now the trouble began>

  7. 7 :  by this time <has been teaching now for twenty years>

Examples of now

  1. We were having trouble before, but everything's okay now.

  2. I'm feeling much better now, thank you.

  3. I love you now and I'll love you forever.

  4. Now's the time for action.

  5. And now, he said, all we have to do is wait.

  6. Can we talk? Not now. I'm really busy.

  7. He knows now that he was wrong.

  8. Police have now identified the man who they believe stole the car.

  9. Scientists now believe that the bones belong to a different species of reptile.

  10. the now famous photograph of an American sailor kissing his young wife



Origin of now

Middle English, from Old English nū; akin to Old High German now, Latin nunc, Greek nyn


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with now


2

now

conjunction

Simple Definition of now

  • : since something is true : because of the fact that something happened

Full Definition of now

  1. :  in view of the fact that :  since —often followed by that <now that we are here>

Examples of now

  1. Now you mention it, I am kind of hungry.

  2. <I'll repeat my question now that you are paying attention.>



Before 12th Century

First Known Use of now

before 12th century


3

now

noun

Simple Definition of now

  • : the present time or moment

Full Definition of now

  1. :  the present time or moment <been ill up to now>

Examples of now

  1. A lot of things can happen between now and then.

  2. The kids are supposed to be in bed by now.

  3. That's enough for now, but we may need some more later.

  4. Things are fine for now.

  5. Fifty years from now you'll be telling your grandchildren about this day.

  6. She's due back a week from now.

  7. We'll be here from now until November.

  8. From now on, no one can use my car without my permission.



12th Century

First Known Use of now

12th century


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now

adjective

Definition of now

  1. 1 :  of or relating to the present time :  existing <the now president>

  2. 2 a :  excitingly new <now clothes> b :  constantly aware of what is new <now people> <the now generation>



Examples of now

  1. <questioned the moral values of the now generation>



14th Century

First Known Use of now

14th century


NOW

abbreviation

Definition of NOW

  1. National Organization for Women





NOW Defined for Kids

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now

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adverb \ˈnau̇\

Definition of now

  1. 1 :  at this time <I am busy now.>

  2. 2 :  immediately before the present time <They left just now.>

  3. 3 :  in the time immediately to follow <Can you leave now?>

  4. 4 —used to express command or introduce an important point <Now, you listen to me.>

  5. 5 :  sometimes <now one and now another>

  6. 6 :  in the present circumstances <Now what should we do?>

  7. 7 :  at the time referred to <Now the trouble began.>

now and then
  1. :  from time to time :  occasionally




2

now

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conjunction

Definition of now

  1. :  in view of the fact that :  since <Now that we're all here, let's begin.>




3

now

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noun

Definition of now

  1. :  the present time <I've been busy up till now.>





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