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Definition of now

 (Entry 1 of 5)

1a : at the present time or moment Now is the time for action.
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 used with the sense of present time weakened or lost to express command, request, or admonition now hear thisnow you be sure to write
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 : sometimes now one and now another
5 : under the present circumstances Since my plan has failed, we must now try his.
6 : at the time referred to now the trouble began
7 : by this time has been teaching now for twenty years

Definition of now (Entry 2 of 5)

: in view of the fact that : since often followed by that now that we are here



Definition of now (Entry 3 of 5)

: the present time or moment been ill up to now



Definition of now (Entry 4 of 5)

1 : of or relating to the present time : existing the now president
2a : excitingly new now clothes
b : constantly aware of what is new now people the now generation

Definition of NOW (Entry 5 of 5)

National Organization for Women

Synonyms & Antonyms for now

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Conjunction

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of now in a Sentence

Adverb We were having trouble before, but everything's okay now. I'm feeling much better now, thank you. I love you now and I'll love you forever. Now's the time for action. “And now,” he said, “all we have to do is wait.” “Can we talk?” “Not now. I'm really busy.” He knows now that he was wrong. Police have now identified the man who they believe stole the car. Scientists now believe that the bones belong to a different species of reptile. the now famous photograph of an American sailor kissing his young wife Conjunction Now you mention it, I am kind of hungry. I'll repeat my question now that you are paying attention. Noun A lot of things can happen between now and then. The kids are supposed to be in bed by now. That's enough for now, but we may need some more later. Things are fine for now. Fifty years from now you'll be telling your grandchildren about this day. She's due back a week from now. We'll be here from now until November. From now on, no one can use my car without my permission. Adjective questioned the moral values of the now generation See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb His legendary rise and fall are now the subject of this new musical. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 8 Aug. 2022 The stake is now around 21% of SoftBank’s net asset value, down from 59% nearly two years ago. Jacky Wong, WSJ, 8 Aug. 2022 That region is now the site of daily skirmishes as Ukrainian forces wage a counteroffensive aimed at pushing the Russian troops eastward back over the Dnieper River. Michael Schwirtz,, 8 Aug. 2022 The plant is located in Zaporizhzhia, an area of southeastern Ukraine that was seized by Russian forces in the early stages of the war and may now be in the sights of a Ukrainian counteroffensive. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 8 Aug. 2022 Newgarden is now 4th, 22 points back, and with Palou’s podium, the Spaniard is 33 points back in 5th. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 8 Aug. 2022 Home costs have run up sharply since the pandemic and mortgages are now more expensive, making buying unaffordable for many families. New York Times, 8 Aug. 2022 Tom Cruise's legacy sequel is now the seventh-highest-grossing film ever at the domestic box office, a distinction previously held by Titanic. Justine Browning,, 8 Aug. 2022 Private equity is now the dominant form of financial backing among the 35 largest owners of multifamily buildings, our analysis of National Multifamily Housing Council data showed. Chris Morran, ProPublica, 8 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun So pack some sunscreen and a towel, and enjoy the last warm days of the year wearing one of these need-to-know-now brands. Nila Do Simon, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Sep. 2020 The see-now-buy-now collection included jewelry, eyewear, shoes and clothing. Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2019 The see-now-buy-now collection included jewelry, eyewear, shoes and clothing. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Sep. 2019 The Model 3 now starts at $38,990, according to Tesla’s website. Los Angeles Times, 16 July 2019 In Augustine’s formulation, a faithful person doesn’t merely forget the past, that collection of dead nows. Christian Wiman, WSJ, 21 June 2019 Dubbed 'Tommy x Zendaya,' the duo's first see-now, buy-now collection is slated to debut on March 2 at Paris Fashion Week, WWD reports. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, 8 Jan. 2019 There will also be a Tommy x Zendaya capsule collection to drop in a see-now-buy-now runway show in February. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, 16 Oct. 2018 Not only that, her son, Miles, is gay, which at first was problematic given their Southern-religious upbringing but nows seems to be OK. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, 15 June 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Sanchez came to the United States with his now-wife Patricia Osorio and several of her family members in 2000. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 July 2022 Prince Charles chats with actor Idris Elba and his now-wife, Sabrina Dhowre, at the One Million Young Lives dinner. Janaya Wecker, Town & Country, 13 July 2022 And three months after that, Lodge proposed to his now-wife in December 2021. Alexandra Schonfeld,, 10 June 2022 Auerbach produced albums for Cage the Elephant, The Pretenders and Jake Bugg, while Carney worked with his now-wife, Michelle Branch, as well as Tennis and Karen Elson. Daniel Kohn, SPIN, 2 June 2022 Even after their divorce, Diana continued to wear the piece, and in 2010, Prince William gave it as an engagement ring to his now-wife, Kate Middleton. Jennifer Newman, Town & Country, 17 May 2022 In the face of that negativity, the premiere drew supporters including John Ramirez, who cosplayed as Doctor Strange and who at the start of the pandemic in 2020 used El Capitan’s marquee to propose to his now-wife. Jason Armond, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2022 Sun – who along with his now-ex-wife operated a popular Clifton Chinese restaurant, Fortune Noodle House – was sentenced Thursday to 6½ years in prison. Kevin Grasha, The Enquirer, 15 Apr. 2022 Three months after news broke of their split, Lodge proposed to his now-wife in December 2021. Shafiq Najib,, 13 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of now


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined above


12th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for now

Adverb, Conjunction, Noun, and Adjective

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

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The first known use of now was before the 12th century

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11 Aug 2022

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Kids Definition of now

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : at this time I am busy now.
2 : immediately before the present time They left just now.
3 : in the time immediately to follow Can you leave now?
4 used to express command or introduce an important point Now, you listen to me.
5 : sometimes now one and now another
6 : in the present circumstances Now what should we do?
7 : at the time referred to Now the trouble began.
now and then
: from time to time : occasionally



Kids Definition of now (Entry 2 of 3)

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



Kids Definition of now (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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