nowadays

adverb
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

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

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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The trouble is, experts are routinely wrong, and practically no policy, no matter how meticulously crafted, ever passes Congress nowadays. John Patrick Leary, The New Republic, "How Washington’s Elite Learned to Love Policy Wonks," 5 July 2019 Since everyone seems to text birthday wishes, get-well hopes or congratulatory notes nowadays, actual paper greeting cards have become even more special. Laura Daily And Bryan K. Chavez, The Know, "16 free and cheap things to do around Denver in July," 1 July 2019 Games seem to have a much longer shelf life nowadays. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Outer Worlds' Co-Director Says Game Was Influenced by 'Futurama,' 'Firefly'," 14 June 2019 Ava Gardner, Ali MacGraw, Carolyn Bessette used to wear them, and nowadays Sofia Coppola wears them. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Let’s Hear It for the Return of the Non-Fashion Flip-Flop," 14 June 2019 The average time for US technology companies to go public has risen from four years in 1999 to more than 11 years nowadays. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "After Slack, the IPO market might never be the same," 19 June 2019 The Cuban government seems to overlook that ban nowadays. Esther Allen, The New York Review of Books, "The Art of the Possible at Havana’s Bienal," 15 June 2019 For kids nowadays, a quiet walk in the woods past stationary fiberglass dinosaurs is underwhelming in comparison. John Carlisle, Freep.com, "LAND OF THE LOST Irish Hills tourist stop owner aims to restore dinosaur park," 6 June 2019 Yes, nowadays the Sanderson sisters have had the last laugh, thanks in no small measure to a slew of Halloween movie marathons. Danny Murphy, Marie Claire, "Recasted: Who Would Star in a Hocus Pocus Remake?," 31 Oct. 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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nowadays

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of nowadays

: at the present time

nowadays

adverb
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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