now

adverb
\ ˈnau̇ How to pronounce now (audio) \

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 admonitionnow 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 thatnow that we are here

now

noun

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 Fans have been commiserating with him following games for years now. cleveland, "The Browns season opener is a day of hopes and dreams -- make sure to get all of our coverage: Letter from the Editor," 12 Sep. 2020 Dallas is now tied with Atlanta, also 7-14, but Atlanta is listed in the ninth spot due to a tiebreaker rule. Angel Franco, Dallas News, "Wings' playoff chances wane after shorthanded group falls to Sky," 12 Sep. 2020 The campaign runs off donations, and all donations are now processed through the Collective Medicine website. Shondiin Silversmith, The Arizona Republic, "‘We get scared when we're out of water': Team delivers water, tanks across Navajo Nation," 12 Sep. 2020 Carroll quickly produced a photograph in which she and Trump are both depicted at a 1987 party, alongside their (now former) spouses. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Why Government Lawyers Are Defending Trump," 12 Sep. 2020 In Berry Creek, California, what used to be a lakeside community full of homes is now incinerated. Carter Evans, CBS News, "Oregon braces for a "mass fatality incident" as wildfires rage in western states," 12 Sep. 2020 Having taken on the BBC, the civil service, Parliament and the Supreme Court, the government has now graduated to international law. The Economist, "The modern Tory party’s uncompromising nature has deep historical roots," 12 Sep. 2020 Covington Catholic, now 45-1 since 2017, lost the turnover battle, 4-0, but got timely defense from a unit that has allowed 20-plus points only once in the last 24 games. Shelby Dermer, The Enquirer, "High school football: Covington Catholic holds off Dixie Heights in season-opener, 21-14," 12 Sep. 2020 Chat starts on Sep 18, 2020 at 12:00 PM EDT Send in your questions now! The Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax Live (September 18)," 12 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The see-now-buy-now collection included jewelry, eyewear, shoes and clothing. Washington Post, "Dior celebrates nature to kick off Paris Fashion Week," 24 Sep. 2019 The see-now-buy-now collection included jewelry, eyewear, shoes and clothing. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Dior celebrates nature to kick off Paris Fashion Week," 24 Sep. 2019 The Model 3 now starts at $38,990, according to Tesla’s website. Los Angeles Times, "Tesla’s latest Model 3 price cut reinforces doubts about demand for its vehicles," 16 July 2019 In Augustine’s formulation, a faithful person doesn’t merely forget the past, that collection of dead nows. Christian Wiman, WSJ, "‘A Primer for Forgetting’ Review: The Past Need Not Be Prologue," 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, "Zendaya and Tommy Hilfiger to Debut First Collaboration at Paris Fashion Week," 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, "Tommy x Zendaya—It’s Happening!," 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, "The First Episode of Queer Eye Season 2 Is More Emotional Than All of Season 1," 15 June 2018 Model 3 now has improved ride comfort, lower wind noise & many other small improvements. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Musk: Shipping base-price Model 3 at this point would cause Tesla to lose money," 22 May 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Goldman’s investment-banking group, led at the time by now-Chief Executive Officer David Solomon, collected an unusually high $600 million from the bond sales. Yantoultra Ngui, Bloomberg.com, "Goldman Completes Deal With Malaysia to End Complaint Over 1MDB," 19 Aug. 2020 Brandon was married to his now-ex-wife Melissa Ashworth. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "Kelly Clarkson Reportedly Files for Divorce From Husband Brandon Blackstock," 11 June 2020 The new songs are full of personal, emotional lyrics about Sam's life over the past several years, including his reconnection with his now-wife, Hannah Lee Fowler. Rebecca Norris, Country Living, "5 Songs You Need to Hear From Sam Hunt's New Album 'Southside'," 12 Apr. 2020 And the nearly 80-year-old McKellen seems to have thoughtful perspectives on all of it, drawing upon his dedication to live theater, his groundbreaking advocacy work for LGBTQA rights in the UK, and his now generation-spanning appeal. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "In new documentary, Ian McKellen reflects on Magneto, Gandalf," 8 July 2018 And the nearly 80-year-old McKellen seems to have thoughtful perspectives on all of it, drawing upon his dedication to live theater, his groundbreaking advocacy work for LGBTQA rights in the UK, and his now generation-spanning appeal. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "In new documentary, Ian McKellen reflects on Magneto, Gandalf," 8 July 2018 LONG POND, Pa. — NASCAR’s next generation has become the now generation. Ellen J. Horrow, USA TODAY, "With first win, Ryan Blaney helping usher in NASCAR future right now," 12 June 2017

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First Known Use of now

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

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 for now

Time Traveler

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

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15 Sep 2020

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“Now.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/now. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for now

now

adverb
How to pronounce NOW (audio)

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

now

noun

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

: the present time or moment

now

adverb
\ 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 pointNow, 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.

now

noun

Kids Definition of now (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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