English noun: now
|1.||now (time) the momentary present|
|Samples||Now is a good time to do it.|
It worked up to right now.
|Broader (hypernym)||nowadays, present|
English adverb: now
|1.||now in the historical present; at this point in the narration of a series of past events|
|Samples||President Kennedy now calls in the National Guard.|
Washington now decides to cross the Delaware.
The ship is now listing to port.
|2.||now in these times|
|Samples||It is solely by their language that the upper classes nowadays are distinguished.|
We now rarely see horse-drawn vehicles on city streets.
Today almost every home has television.
|3.||now used to preface a command or reproof or request|
|Samples||Now hear this!.|
Now pay attention.
|4.||now at the present moment|
|Samples||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.
|5.||now without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening|
|Samples||He answered immediately.|
Found an answer straightaway.
An official accused of dishonesty should be suspended forthwith.
Come here now!.
|Synonyms||at once, directly, forthwith, immediately, instantly, like a shot, right away, straight off, straightaway|
|6.||now (prefatory or transitional) indicates a change of subject or activity|
|Samples||Now the next problem is....|
|7.||now in the immediate past|
|Samples||Told me just now.|