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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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Worshippers can now dip their fingers in holy water. Tatyana Turner,, 11 June 2021 However, several states, including neighboring Tennessee and West Virginia, have now signed such bills into law. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, 11 June 2021 But advocates are now turning their attention to the House. Eric Heisig, cleveland, 11 June 2021 But now the senior employee engagement specialist says her experience is defined by it. Michael Schroeder, The Indianapolis Star, 11 June 2021 The van, which is available to order now with deliveries scheduled to begin this summer, starts at $213,850. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 10 June 2021 Their recommendations will go now to two more tiers of committees, on June 17-18 in Chicago and June 22 in Dallas., 10 June 2021 With his theatrical reprise, Daniels now joins Bruce Spingsteen as two of America’s Dads who have returned to their defining Broadway shows after the pandemic shuttered the industry for more than a year. Devon Ivie, Vulture, 10 June 2021 Even if the current inflation is transitory, Americans are paying more for it now. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 10 June 2021 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 For a little over a year early in his minor-league career, Richards and his now-wife, Aunna, were downtown residents with Richards working in his offseason as member of the guest relations team at MillerCoors. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 May 2021 San Diegans are clamoring for an end to the now year-old lockdown restriction as coronavirus cases taper off. Joshua Emerson Smith, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Mar. 2021 This is all part of Dixon reflecting on Johnson's journey to Phoenix in Part 2 of The Republic's Suns draft backstory series as told by the now Texas Christian coach. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 16 Nov. 2020 The story, which ran in 2018, detailed the actor's allegedly contentious relationship with his now-ex-wife, Amber Heard. Zoe Christen Jones, CBS News, 6 Nov. 2020 Yet earlier this year, Schorer stood with his now-husband, Ariel Meiri, under the chuppah in a ceremony that didn’t look too different from the ones his brothers and sisters had. Josefin Dolsten,, 28 Oct. 2020 This means the Netflix drama will also be laying the ground work for one of the royal family's biggest scandals—Princess Diana and Prince Charles' acrimonious divorce and Charles' affair with his now-wife, Camilla Parker-Bowles. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, 25 Oct. 2020 Goldman’s investment-banking group, led at the time by now-Chief Executive Officer David Solomon, collected an unusually high $600 million in fees from the bond sales. Viren Vaghela,, 22 Oct. 2020 The dual visits to his now-home state show the importance of Florida, where polls have shown a dead heat between Trump and Democratic opponent Joe Biden in the upcoming election. Steven Lemongello,, 27 Sep. 2020

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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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Time Traveler

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

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12 Jun 2021

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“Now.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of now

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: at the present time
: in the next moment : very soon
: in the present situation

English Language Learners Definition of now (Entry 2 of 3)

: since something is true : because of the fact that something happened



English Language Learners Definition of now (Entry 3 of 3)

: the present time or moment


\ ˈnau̇ How to pronounce now (audio) \

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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