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English noun: now

1. now (time) the momentary present


SamplesNow 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


SamplesPresident 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


SamplesIt 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.


Synonymsnowadays, today

3. now used to preface a command or reproof or request


SamplesNow hear this!.
Now pay attention.

4. now at the present moment


SamplesGoods 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.


Synonymsat present

5. now without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening


SamplesHe answered immediately.
Found an answer straightaway.
An official accused of dishonesty should be suspended forthwith.
Come here now!.


Synonymsat 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


SamplesNow the next problem is....

7. now in the immediate past


SamplesTold me just now.









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