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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 admonition now 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 that now that we are here



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

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

Synonyms: Conjunction

'cause, as, as long as, because, being (as or as how or that) [chiefly dialect], considering, for, inasmuch as, seeing, since, whereas

Synonyms: Noun

here and now, moment, present, today

Synonyms: Adjective

au courant, cool [slang], def [slang], downtown, groovy, hep, hip, in, mod, trendy, turned-on, with-it

Antonyms: Adverb

before, formerly, long, once, then

Antonyms: Adjective

out, uncool, unhip, untrendy

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Examples of now in a Sentence


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


Now you mention it, I am kind of hungry. I'll repeat my question now that you are paying attention.


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.


questioned the moral values of the now generation
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Natural products are the biggest source of growth for the industry right now, said McIntyre, who oversees research and development for PepsiCo’s snacks. Fortune, "Why Your Doritos, Ruffles and Funyuns Might Be Different at Whole Foods," 30 Aug. 2017 The central government had long tolerated VPNs, but these are now in the crosshairs. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "Science suffers as China’s internet censors plug holes in Great Firewall," 30 Aug. 2017 Now, a lot is going to hinge on Andrew (returning). Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, "Jim Irsay: Andrew Luck 'coming along well'; no mention of Week 1," 30 Aug. 2017 Registration applications are now available for the Back-to-School Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 9 in the Savannah Hall gymnasium on the Indiana University Northwest campus, 3400 Broadway, Gary. Post-Tribune, "Community news," 30 Aug. 2017 Meanwhile, Liberty University is deploying its Send Now disaster response team, which responds to humanitarian disasters. Holly Epstein Ojalvo, USA TODAY College, "The ways colleges are helping with Harvey relief will inspire you," 30 Aug. 2017 Now 6-foot-5 and six inches taller than his sophomore year, Dalby could wind up being a center during basketball season. Gene Chamberlain, Elgin Courier-News, "Football notes: Hampshire's Drew Dalby appreciates better vantage point," 30 Aug. 2017 The defense will come into play against El Camino’s offense, which now features former Orange Glen receiver Malachi Russell. Terry Monahan, Pomerado News, "Prep football: Poway, Rancho Bernardo face Friday night challenges," 30 Aug. 2017 He is now charged with three felony counts of burglary in connection with the March 10 break-ins at two strip mall businesses at 1100 N. Sherman St., just north of Ogden Avenue. Bill Bird, Naperville Sun, "'Habitual criminal' sought in Naperville strip mall burglaries," 29 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The see-now-buy-now collection maintained Tommy Hilfiger’s signature red, white, and blue theme as well, plus racing stripes this season. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "Gigi Hadid Closes Out Milan Fashion Week on a Racetrack," 25 Feb. 2018 Remember when see-now-buy-now was fashion’s hottest buzzword? Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Meet the People, Trends, and Items That Will Rule Fashion in 2018," 20 Dec. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


15th century, in the meaning defined above


12th century, in the meaning defined above


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

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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



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

: the present time or moment


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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 point Now, 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.



Kids Definition of now (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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