:at the present time or moment
- Now is the time for action.
:in the time immediately before the present
:in the time immediately to follow :forthwith
—used with the sense of present time weakened or lost to express command, request, or admonition
—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
:under the present circumstances
- Since my plan has failed, we must now try his.
:at the time referred to
:by this time
- has been teaching now for twenty years