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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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 In the here and now, Boston is taking it to Cleveland. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Up 2-0, the Celtics are the better team, but don't count LeBron James, Cavs out just yet," 16 May 2018 Those of us who survived the shame should dedicate ourselves to making sure our precious children of the digital age do as well — by ending it here and now. Billy Maddalon - Contributing Columnist, Observer Editorial Board, charlotteobserver, "'Values' bullies are killing LGBTQ children | Charlotte Observer," 3 May 2018 Some of the best cheeses from pioneering American artisan cheese makers who’ve shaped the real cheese revolution look back to Europe for inspiration, but are all about the here and now. Tia Keenan, Bon Appetit, "These 5 Cheese Plates Are Perfect, So Copy Them Exactly," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of here and now

1829, in the meaning defined above

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the setting in which something occurs

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