Definitions for now

Definitions for (noun) now

Main entry: now

Definition: the momentary present

Usage: Now is a good time to do it; it worked up to right now

Definitions for (adv) now

Main entry: today, now, nowadays

Definition: in these times

Usage: 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

Main entry: now, directly, immediately, instantly, forthwith, like a shot, straight off, straightaway, at once, right away

Definition: without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening

Usage: he answered immediately; found an answer straightaway; an official accused of dishonesty should be suspended forthwith; Come here now!

Main entry: now

Definition: used to preface a command or reproof or request

Usage: now hear this!; now pay attention

Main entry: now, at present

Definition: at the present moment

Usage: 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

Main entry: now

Definition: in the historical present; at this point in the narration of a series of past events

Usage: President Kennedy now calls in the National Guard; Washington now decides to cross the Delaware; the ship is now listing to port

Main entry: now

Definition: in the immediate past

Usage: told me just now

Main entry: now

Definition: (prefatory or transitional) indicates a change of subject or activity

Usage: Now the next problem is...

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