What does now mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. now(adverb)

    the momentary present

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

  2. now(adverb)

    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"

  3. nowadays, now, today(adverb)

    in these times

    "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"

  4. now(adverb)

    used to preface a command or reproof or request

    "now hear this!"; "now pay attention"

  5. now, at present(adverb)

    at the present moment

    "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"

  6. immediately, instantly, straightaway, straight off, directly, now, right away, at once, forthwith, like a shot(adverb)

    without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening

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

  7. now(adverb)

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

    "Now the next problem is..."

  8. now(adverb)

    in the immediate past

    "told me just now"


  1. now(Noun)

    The present time.

  2. now(Adverb)

    At the present time.

    Now I am six.

  3. now(Adverb)

    Differently from the immediate past; differently from a more remote past or a possible future; differently from all other times.

  4. now(Adverb)

    Differently from the situation before a (stated or implied) event or change of circumstance.

  5. now(Adverb)

    At the time reached within a narration.

  6. now(Adverb)

    In the context of urgency.

    Now listen, we must do something about this.

  7. now(Adjective)

    Present; current.

  8. now(Adjective)

    Fashionable; popular.

    I think this band's sound is very now.

  9. now(Conjunction)

    since, because, in light of the fact.

    We can play football now that the rain has stopped.

  10. now(Interjection)

    Indicates a signal to begin.

    Now! Fire all we've got while the enemy is in reach!

  11. Origin: From now, nou, nu, from nu, from nu, from nū. Cognate with noo, nu, no, nu, nou, nu, nun, nu, nú, num, nunc, nù, , .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Now(adverb)

    at the present time; at this moment; at the time of speaking; instantly; as, I will write now

  2. Now(adverb)

    very lately; not long ago

  3. Now(adverb)

    at a time contemporaneous with something spoken of or contemplated; at a particular time referred to

  4. Now(adverb)

    in present circumstances; things being as they are; -- hence, used as a connective particle, to introduce an inference or an explanation

  5. Now(adj)

    existing at the present time; present

  6. Now(noun)

    the present time or moment; the present

  7. Origin: [OE. nou, nu, AS. n, nu; akin to D., OS., & OHG. nu, G. nu, nun, Icel., n, Dan., Sw., & Goth. nu, L. nunc, Gr. ny`, ny^n, Skr. nu, n. 193. Cf. New.]


  1. Now

    Now is a free alternative weekly newspaper in Toronto, Canada. It was first printed on September 10, 1981 by Michael Hollett and Alice Klein. Now is an alternative weekly mixing arts and entertainment news with political coverage. Editorially, it strongly favours the New Democratic Party politically. Independent and privately owned by Hollett and Klein, Now is published 52 times a year. The publication can be picked up in cafes, variety stores, clothing outlets, restaurants, alternative movie venues and in its green and red newspaper boxes. Now is published every Thursday. Now has been online since 1993, first as now.com and then as nowtoronto.com since 2000. The Now site hosts a video channel, NowTube, daily blog postings, and podcasts. In August 2009 Now launched its first smartphone application, a restaurant guide based on the publication’s N rating system. Other applications are in development. The Toronto Star launched eye weekly in 1991 as a competitor to Now. As of 2009, Now continues to have a greater circulation and is more widely read.PMB Spring 2011 It is also a central sponsor and its owners hold an ownership stake in North by Northeast, a major annual music festival in Toronto.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Now

    now, adv. at the present time: at this time or a little before.—conj. but: after this: things being so.—n. the present time.—advs. Now′adays, in days now present.—Now—now, at one time—at another time. [A.S. ; Ger. nun, L. nunc, Gr. nun.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'now' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #82

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'now' in Written Corpus Frequency: #63

  3. Adverbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'now' in Adverbs Frequency: #5

Anagrams for now »

  1. own, won

  2. own

  3. won


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of now in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of now in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Kevin Trenberth:

    The actions Eric Rignot're taking now actually have consequences 50 years from now, 100 years from now -- and 200 years from now.

  2. Tony Kushner:

    What used to be called liberal is now called radical, what used to be called radical is now called insane, what used to be called reactionary is now called moderate, and what used to be called insane is now called solid conservative thinking.

  3. John Legend:

    We say that 'Selma' is now, because the struggle for justice is right now, we know that the voting rights act that they fought for 50 years ago is being compromised right now in this country today. We know that right now the struggle for freedom and justices where we live in the most incarcerated country in the world.

  4. David Rodriguez:

    It's mainly about people coming for training and logistics support right now, for training sites, and that's what we see right now. As far as a huge command and control network, have not seen that yet, the numbers are somewhere around a couple hundred ... but again we don't have a specific precise assessment of that right now.

  5. Donald Trump:

    I mean, look at Libya. Look at Iraq. Iraq used to be no terrorists. He (Hussein) would kill the terrorists immediately, which is like now it's the Harvard of terrorism, if you look at Iraq from years ago, I'm not saying he was a nice guy, he was a horrible guy, but it was a lot better than it is right now. Right now, Iraq is a training ground for terrorists. Right now Libya, nobody even knows Libya, frankly there is no Iraq and there is no Libya. It's all broken up. They have no control. Nobody knows what's going on.

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