now meaning

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now adverb
1. in the historical present; at this point in the narration of a series of past events
  • "President Kennedy now calls in the National Guard"
  • "Washington now decides to cross the Delaware"
  • "the ship is now listing to port"
2. used to preface a command or reproof or request
  • "now hear this!"
  • "now pay attention"
3. at the present moment
Related: at_present
  • "goods now on sale"
  • "the now-aging dictator"
  • "they are now abroad"
  • "he is busy at present writing a new novel"
  • "it could happen any time now"
4. (prefatory or transitional) indicates a change of subject or activity
  • "Now the next problem is..."
5. in the immediate past
  • "told me just now"
now noun
1. (present) the momentary present
  • "Now is a good time to do it"
  • "it worked up to right now"
immediately adverb
1. without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening
Related: instantly, straightaway, straight_off, directly, now, right_away, at_once, forthwith, like_a_shot
  • "he answered immediately"
  • "found an answer straightaway"
  • "an official accused of dishonesty should be suspended forthwith"
  • "Come here now!"
nowadays adverb
1. in these times
Related: now, today
  • "it is solely by their language that the upper classes nowadays are distinguished"- Nancy Mitford
  • "we now rarely see horse-drawn vehicles on city streets"
  • "today almost every home has television"
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