now·​a·​days | \ ˈnau̇-(ə-)ˌdāz How to pronounce nowadays (audio) \

Definition of nowadays

: at the present time People don't wear hats much nowadays.

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People don't wear hats much nowadays. nowadays wives are just as likely to work outside the home as their husbands are
Recent Examples on the Web The approach moms and dads are adopting nowadays is markedly more hands-off. Elizabeth Gulino,, "Chrissy Teigen & Shay Mitchell Are Into Intuitive Parenting," 21 Feb. 2020 But nowadays most of the dialogue and energy in the office is around streaming. Annabel Ross, Billboard, "How Anjunadeep Became One of Dance Music's Ultimate Tastemaker Labels With the Most 'Down to Earth' Fans," 6 Feb. 2020 No wonder your Shabbat feels more stressed than blessed nowadays., "Miss Conduct is Robin Abrahams, a writer with a PhD in psychology.," 31 Oct. 2019 Teams nowadays can pull off the most spectacular of plays but can’t seem to capitalize on free throws. Jl Kirven,, "Northern Kentucky stomps Cleveland State for its fifth-straight win," 19 Jan. 2020 Barely a day goes by nowadays without some team, somewhere, wearing a throwback uni, whether as a nod to retro style or as a way to showcase the team’s visual history. Paul Lukas,, "Uni Watch: Bears ’36 Throwbacks Shine Light on NFL’s Segregated Era," 27 Sep. 2019 Especially nowadays, when the competition is much greater in IndyCar. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Grand Prix: Scott Dixon now 3rd on IndyCar all-time wins list," 2 June 2018 With only rare exceptions nowadays, elite private universities and public university systems alike are politically one-sided. Helena Wegner, azcentral, "Lawmaker's bill aims to guard free speech at Arizona universities. Critics decry censoring," 17 Feb. 2020 Despite the more conscious effort nowadays, LGBTQ representation in The Sims started with a mistake. Washington Post, "How The Sims navigated 20 years of change to become one of the most successful franchises ever," 4 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of nowadays

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nowadays

Middle English now a dayes, from now entry 1 + a dayes during the day

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The first known use of nowadays was in the 14th century

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23 Mar 2020

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“Nowadays.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of nowadays

: at the present time


now·​a·​days | \ ˈnau̇-ə-ˌdāz How to pronounce nowadays (audio) \

Kids Definition of nowadays

: at the present time No one goes there much nowadays.

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