here and now


Definition of here and now 

: the present time used with the man's obligation is in the here and now— W. H. Whyte

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moment, now, present, today

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Examples of here and now in a Sentence

while we can plan for the future, we must first deal with the here and now

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Until then, space farming is already being used in the here and now—to grow weed. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "An Alliance of Plants and Fungus Could Be the Key to Farming in Space," 19 Oct. 2018 Douglas Brenner: Did flashbacks like leaded windowpanes blur your focus on the busy here and now? Douglas Brenner, House Beautiful, "Bill Shakespeare Would Be Proud To Live In This House," 5 Oct. 2018 While dogfights between spaceships are still a far-off possibility, the risks of a Space Force are significant—and the time to recognize the danger of moving forward is upon us, here and now. Bryan Nakayama, Fortune, "3 Reasons Trump’s New Space Force Would Be a Disaster," 21 June 2018 Today is not the day to break precedence, but rather to work with the here and now., "Horoscope," 7 July 2018 Ott had the foresight and generosity to embark on projects that celebrated the here and now of Chicago’s art world. Kt Hawbaker,, "Sabina Ott, 'Artist Mother of Chicago,' dies at 62," 26 June 2018 But there was also music clearly aimed at Nicaragua's here and now. Glenn Garvin, miamiherald, "Rally for embattled Nicaraguan president shows he still has lots of support," 30 Apr. 2018 But for now, Wade has the Tigers focused on the here and now and not seeding in the SEC Tournament or any possible berth into the NCAA Tournament. Andrew Lopez,, "LSU trying to navigate 'logjam' in the SEC standings," 23 Feb. 2018 Yet that landmark public-television venture, which ended in the summer of 2001, poses questions for the here and now. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ Review: Charm and Change," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of here and now

1829, in the meaning defined above

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