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Definition of here and now

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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The flooding of the future is being defined here and now, in the glittering sea below. Jonathan Nackstrand, National Geographic, "Greenland's melting ice may affect everyone's future," 15 Oct. 2019 Our phones, on the other hand, with their capacity for perpetual distraction, eagerly fill in holes for us, with insistent news feeds reminding us of topsy-turvy 9/11 journeys in the here and now. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Cellist Maya Beiser and dancer Wendy Whelan in a 9/11 work like no other," 20 Oct. 2019 Based on the here and now, Inter have just doubled their lead., "Comparing Inter and Juventus' Starting Lineups Ahead of Sunday's Potential Early Title Decider," 29 Sep. 2019 So why erect this cultural institution here and now? Danielle Naer, Vogue, "The Statue of Liberty Museum Debuts With Oprah, Seth Meyers, and DVF," 16 May 2019 But there’s the equally expensive matter of dealing with the here and now: From historic wildfires to unprecedented hurricanes, global warming has reshaped the lives of millions, with increasingly tragic consequences. Eric Roston, Fortune, "The Massive Cost of Not Adapting to Climate Change," 10 Sep. 2019 The group was not concerned with stylistic heritage, only the here and now. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "Brockhampton Grows Up," 2 Sep. 2019 Tackmann noted postseason aspirations are for later; the Panthers are focused on the here and now. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Wisconsin football: St. Croix Central has established itself as one of state’s top powers," 22 Aug. 2019 What impels her forward is the voice: free, pellucid, almost always first-person, interested not in the long view but in the here and now. Abhrajyoti Chakraborty, The New Republic, "Natalia Ginzburg’s Radical Clarity," 5 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of here and now

1829, in the meaning defined above

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29 Nov 2019

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“Here and now.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 7 December 2019.

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