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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Synonyms for here and now


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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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 The organization is very much in the here and now while also keenly focused on the future. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Analysis: Padres’ season could get even more compelling in second half," 11 July 2019 When the Lakers signed James, this was always going to be about the here and now. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: LeBron James gets what he wanted as Lakers make move for Anthony Davis," 16 June 2019 This is a short-order short story collection, a series of skits cooked up for the here and now. Dallas News, "Chuck Klosterman tries to make sense of our absurd reality in 'Raised in Captivity'," 16 July 2019 But what mattered there and then was the here and now. Robert Lloyd,, "Review: Was Upright Citizens Brigade's 55-hour improv marathon funny? Yes, and ...," 2 July 2019 But remaking the larger system will take time, and there are gaps that need filling in the here and now. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Supervisors endorse psychiatric services plan, send Tri-City effort back to the drawing board," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of here and now

1829, in the meaning defined above

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