now

1 of 5

adverb

1
a
: 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 this
now 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

now

2 of 5

conjunction

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

now

3 of 5

noun

: the present time or moment
been ill up to now

now

4 of 5

adjective

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

NOW

5 of 5

abbreviation

National Organization for Women

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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Adverb
Porsche Was Founded by an Ex-Mercedes Engineer Ferdinand Porsche was born in 1875 in what is now the Czech Republic. Bob Sorokanich, Robb Report, 14 May 2024 The bill now awaits a vote in the appropriations committee. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for now 

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Word History

Etymology

Adverb, Conjunction, Noun, and Adjective

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

First Known Use

Adverb

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

Conjunction

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Now.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/now. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

now

1 of 4 adverb
1
a
: at the present time
they are busy now
b
: in the time immediately before the present
thought of them just now
c
: in the time immediately to follow
come in now
2
used with the sense of present time weakened or lost (as to express command or introduce an important point)
now hear this
3
: sometimes
now one and now another
4
: under the present circumstances
now the trouble began
5
: by this time
has been teaching now for twenty years

now

2 of 4 conjunction
: in view of the fact that : since
often followed by that
now that we are here

now

3 of 4 noun
ˈnau̇
: the present time
been ill up to now

now

4 of 4 adjective
ˈnau̇
: of or relating to the present time : existing
the now president

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