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 Ever since then, my ribs have hardly moved, and nowadays my chest just consists of dust and rock. New York Times, "RIvErS solomon," 10 July 2020 But nowadays that whiplash has become almost inevitable because that back and forth is how science moves forward in this Covid way of life. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, "Science by press release: When the story gets ahead of the science," 27 June 2020 However, clearing, risk management, surveillance, and back office applications are also being deployed in the cloud nowadays. Fortune, "Why the future of financial markets is in the cloud," 22 June 2020 Instead of gathering friends for a private Zoom fête (as one does nowadays) to celebrate its one-year anniversary, the e-commerce platform has decided to host a more public type of virtual bash: the 21-days-of-deals celebration. Amanda Randone,, "Celebrate Verishop’s Birthday With 21 Days Of Deals," 29 May 2020 In Syria nowadays, there is an impending fear that all doors are closing. Time, "Looming U.S. Sanctions Shake Syria, Hasten Economic Meltdown," 12 June 2020 This is what is happening to many black employees nowadays. Najoh Tita-reid, Fortune, "Beware of burning out your black employees," 9 June 2020 But nowadays many countries’ electricity grids are strongly supplied by renewable energy. Robert Brecha, Quartz Africa, "How West Africa can expand power supply and meet renewable climate goals," 6 June 2020 Think of the dark forces of religious superstition, backed up by the terrifying power of the state, that the great anti-religionists and rationalists had to fight in order to bring to us the illumination that nowadays is so painless. James Wood, The New Yorker, "The Scholar Starting Brawls with the Enlightenment," 25 May 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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21 Jul 2020

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“Nowadays.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 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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