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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

Synonyms & Antonyms for now

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Conjunction

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of now in a Sentence

Adverb 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 Conjunction Now you mention it, I am kind of hungry. I'll repeat my question now that you are paying attention. Noun 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. Adjective questioned the moral values of the now generation See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The weekend was interspersed in an eight-year career of scratching together a living playing mini-tour events, only twice so much as qualifying for the Nationwide Tour — golf’s version of Triple A, now known as the Korn Ferry Tour. Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 17 May 2022 Though an arrest was made, the man charged with the crime was acquitted; now using modern scientific methods including DNA evidence, there is a chance to close the case definitively. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 17 May 2022 Our small businesses continue to face adversity, starting with the pandemic and now with rampant inflation. Baltimore Sun, 17 May 2022 Krall, who now lives in Boston and no longer practices medicine in Connecticut, chose not to contest the allegations, the order said. Kate Farrish, Hartford Courant, 17 May 2022 The 2023 Toyota Tacoma now offers Chrome and SX packages on its SR5 models. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 17 May 2022 Consequently, Apple is now allowing app developers to put up prices without first seeking the subscriber’s permission. Barry Collins, Forbes, 17 May 2022 Lawmakers now want to return responsibility for firearm transactions background checks in Delaware to the State Bureau of Identification. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 17 May 2022 What’s different between then and now in the restaurant world? Kara Baskin,, 17 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun So pack some sunscreen and a towel, and enjoy the last warm days of the year wearing one of these need-to-know-now brands. Nila Do Simon, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Sep. 2020 The see-now-buy-now collection included jewelry, eyewear, shoes and clothing. Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2019 The see-now-buy-now collection included jewelry, eyewear, shoes and clothing. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Sep. 2019 The Model 3 now starts at $38,990, according to Tesla’s website. Los Angeles Times, 16 July 2019 In Augustine’s formulation, a faithful person doesn’t merely forget the past, that collection of dead nows. Christian Wiman, WSJ, 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, 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, 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, 15 June 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Sun – who along with his now-ex-wife operated a popular Clifton Chinese restaurant, Fortune Noodle House – was sentenced Thursday to 6½ years in prison. Kevin Grasha, The Enquirer, 15 Apr. 2022 Three months after news broke of their split, Lodge proposed to his now-wife in December 2021. Shafiq Najib,, 13 Apr. 2022 In a new interview with People, the now cancer-free actor shared more about that time in his life. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 Mar. 2022 Sheeran also sparked a relationship with his now-wife Cherry Seaborn at this exact party. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 11 Feb. 2022 The couple married in 2011 and the now parents of three celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary this past April, throughout which Edwards has seen Kate find her footing as a future queen consort. Stephanie Petit,, 6 Jan. 2022 Jardell and Wallington first met in 2014, when Wallington was working on America's Next Top Model and his now-husband was chosen as a finalist on the show. Ally Mauch,, 3 Dec. 2021 Selling Sunset's Brett Oppenheim, 44, shared a tribute to his now-ex girlfriend, model Tina Louise, 40, that celebrated their lasting friendship. Kelly Wynne,, 23 Dec. 2021 One of those inmates was Sterling Palmer, a talented defensive end who played for Florida State University before being drafted by the now Washington Football Team. Ben Brasch, ajc, 14 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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19 May 2022

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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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