now

1 of 5

adverb

1
a
: 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 this
now 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

now

2 of 5

conjunction

: in view of the fact that : since
often followed by that
now that we are here

now

3 of 5

noun

: the present time or moment
been ill up to now

now

4 of 5

adjective

1
: of or relating to the present time : existing
the now president
2
a
: excitingly new
now clothes
b
: constantly aware of what is new
now people
the now generation

NOW

5 of 5

abbreviation

National Organization for Women

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
For weeks now, the public square outside the Tel Aviv Museum of Art has been a beacon of hope for the families and friends of those taken. NBC News, 23 Nov. 2023 He is welcomed back with open arms by his best friend Ed (Mitchell), who now owns the lone Good Burger location. Joe Otterson, Variety, 22 Nov. 2023 The 50-plus cars making up the procession were fronted by Joel Laub’s 1929 Bentley Speed Six, immediately followed by the new and all-electric Rolls-Royce Spectre—the two vehicles providing a striking juxtaposition of British performance and refinement, then and now. Viju Mathew, Robb Report, 22 Nov. 2023 Although Altman has portrayed his restoration as a return to business as before, OpenAI is now expected to perform more directly as Microsoft’s avatar in its battle with Google and other giants. Peter Guest, WIRED, 22 Nov. 2023 Cut to 37 years later, in 2007, when it’s immediately established that Flynt, now working in the construction business, has not mellowed, getting into a fistfight at a work site. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Nov. 2023 And now, this is the most disruptive technology that’s hit the creative industry, generally, in our lifetime. Tom Roland, Billboard, 22 Nov. 2023 But there’s a great movement of people now…like Zach Bryan. Stephen Deusner, SPIN, 22 Nov. 2023 Niagara Falls police will now look into the crash as a traffic investigation. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, 22 Nov. 2023
Noun
Pugh and Braff's red carpet appearance was the first time the now-exes have done a public appearance together. Naledi Ushe, USA TODAY, 9 Mar. 2023 Maybe draft hype sounds like hyperbole with Miami taking a win-now approach after years of rebuilding in previous offseasons. David Furones, Sun Sentinel, 27 Feb. 2023 Plus, his girlfriend-now-wife is from Kansas City, so the choice was easy. Victoria Hernandez, USA TODAY, 4 Feb. 2023 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. 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
Adjective
When Harris Reed met his now husband, Eitan Senerman, via a dating app, there was an instant connection. Emily Chan, Vogue, 17 Oct. 2023 Duncan raised two daughters with his now ex-wife, the sculptor Adrian Arleo, in the time between novels. John Williams, Washington Post, 7 Aug. 2023 The restaurants are a point of contention with their now exes, Katie Maloney and Ariana Madix, throughout the show. Sam Burros, Peoplemag, 7 Aug. 2023 In July of 2023, David Swift was arrested for felony stalking of his now ex-wife in Jefferson County. Rachael Trost, NBC News, 26 July 2023 The operation soon became more sophisticated and coalesced into their now signature style of projecting political videos on iconic locations including the U.K. Houses of Parliament and the White Cliffs of Dover, while retaining their billboard roots. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 19 June 2023 Yet the Clippers’ interest in Paul goes back to their now years-long search for the right point guard to pair with Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 19 June 2023 In those moments, Schwartz had to confront Ariana and his now ex-wife Katie Maloney about his complicity in keeping Sandoval’s affair a secret. Krystie Lee Yandoli, Rolling Stone, 17 June 2023 Babyface had shared the house with his now ex-wife, Nicole Pantenburg — the two finalized their divorce in February of this year. Degen Pener, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adverb, Conjunction, Noun, and Adjective

Middle English, from Old English ; akin to Old High German now, Latin nunc, Greek nyn

First Known Use

Adverb

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

Conjunction

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Now.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/now. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition

now

1 of 4 adverb
1
a
: at the present time
they are busy now
b
: in the time immediately before the present
thought of them just now
c
: in the time immediately to follow
come in now
2
used with the sense of present time weakened or lost (as to express command or introduce an important point)
now hear this
3
: sometimes
now one and now another
4
: under the present circumstances
now the trouble began
5
: by this time
has been teaching now for twenty years

now

2 of 4 conjunction
: in view of the fact that : since
often followed by that
now that we are here

now

3 of 4 noun
ˈnau̇
: the present time
been ill up to now

now

4 of 4 adjective
ˈnau̇
: of or relating to the present time : existing
the now president

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