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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Synonyms & Antonyms for nowadays


anymore, currently, now, presently, right now, today


before, formerly, long, once, then

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Examples of nowadays in a Sentence

People don't wear hats much nowadays. nowadays wives are just as likely to work outside the home as their husbands are

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Travelers nowadays often use websites to plan trips. Natasha Mascarenhas,, "Airbnb competitor Peek raises $23 million; changes at Smyte and Khan Academy," 1 July 2018 Image: Getty In contrast to the Gulf of Mexico’s heyday, most U.S. oil nowadays is extracted from a vast number of comparatively tiny deposits trapped in shale rock. Paul Kiernan, WSJ, "Cheaper Oil Isn’t the U.S. Boon It Used to Be," 2 Dec. 2018 Therefore, many toothpastes nowadays don't contain triclosan. Kara Wahlgren, Seventeen, "Can Toothpaste Really Get Rid of Pimples?," 18 Sep. 2018 But nowadays any fans who heard Bing Crosby sing at the peak of his career would be in their 80s, if not older. Ted Gioia, WSJ, "‘Bing Crosby’ Review: Nothin’ but Blue Skies," 8 Nov. 2018 Traditionally, the tackles have been the pass protectors, but nowadays, a lot of team defenses put pass rushers on the guards, too. Noah Davis, Esquire, "The Toughest Position in Football Is... Guard?," 8 Sep. 2015 During some 500 years of Ottoman occupation and even nowadays, the eagle was not an aggressive or violent symbol. Ani Kokobobo, Washington Post, "For Albanians, it’s not just an eagle. Here’s the deeper story those World Cup fines.," 2 July 2018 An undeniable legend that is almost unheard of nowadays., "7 Players That Achieved Greatness Both On and Off the Field," 27 June 2018 The only people nowadays who eat so much fat are those preparing for strenuous physical activities in harsh conditions. The Economist, "A mummy’s final meal adds to an ancient mystery," 12 July 2018

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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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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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