Definitions for nownaʊ
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
at the present time or moment.
without further delay; immediately:
Do it now or not at all.
at the time being referred to:
The case was now ready for the jury.
in the very recent past:
I saw them just now.
in these times.
under the present circumstances:
I see now what you meant.
(used to introduce a statement or question):
Now, may I ask you something?
(used to strengthen a command or entreaty):
Now stop that!
(conj.)inasmuch as; since (often fol. by that):
Now that you're here, stay for dinner.
Category: Function Word
(n.)the present moment.
(adj.)current; very fashionable:
the now look.
Idioms for now:
now and again, occasionally. Also, now and then.
Origin of now:
bef. 900; ME; OE nū; akin to G nun, L num, Gk nú, nûn, Skt nu
National Organization for Women.
the momentary present
"Now is a good time to do it"; "it worked up to right now"
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"
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"
used to preface a command or reproof or request
"now hear this!"; "now pay attention"
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"
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!"
(prefatory or transitional) indicates a change of subject or activity
"Now the next problem is..."
in the immediate past
"told me just now"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
at this time
Where do you work now?; "Can you help me?" "Not now, I'm busy."; She'll be on the plane by now.; There is nothing we can do for now.; Until now, nobody has asked.
from this time and into the future
We have to win all our games from now on.; Right now I'm just happy to have some free time.
very soon or immediately
I'm coming now - just wait one moment.
Please come home right now.
used when sth happens surprisingly late
The company is just now getting into wireless technology.
indicates a change in sb or sth as a result of what has happened
I explained it to her, and now she says she's sorry.; Now that I've seen the movie, I know what you mean.
used to get sb's attention
Now class, please listen.
sometimes but not frequently
He visits his mother every now and then.
The present time.
At the present time.
Now I am six.
Differently from the immediate past; differently from a more remote past or a possible future; differently from all other times.
Differently from the situation before a (stated or implied) event or change of circumstance.
At the time reached within a narration.
In the context of urgency.
Now listen, we must do something about this.
I think this band's sound is very now.
since, because, in light of the fact.
We can play football now that the rain has stopped.
Indicates a signal to begin.
Now! Fire all we've got while the enemy is in reach!
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, , .
at the present time; at this moment; at the time of speaking; instantly; as, I will write now
very lately; not long ago
at a time contemporaneous with something spoken of or contemplated; at a particular time referred to
in present circumstances; things being as they are; -- hence, used as a connective particle, to introduce an inference or an explanation
existing at the present time; present
the present time or moment; the present
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.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'now' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #82
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'now' in Written Corpus Frequency: #63
Rank popularity for the word 'now' in Adverbs Frequency: #5
Translations for now
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
(at) the present period of time
I am now living in England.
- nou, tansAfrikaans
- в моментаBulgarian
- agoraPortuguese (BR)
- à présentFrench
- sada, ovaj trenutnoCroatian
- nú, núnaIcelandic
- ora, adessoItalian
- tagad, pašlaikLatvian
- acum,în prezentRomanian
- сейчас, теперьRussian
- nu, nuförtidenSwedish
- şimdi, şu andaTurkish
- 現在Chinese (Trad.)
- тепер, заразUkrainian
- اب، ابھيUrdu
- hiện nayVietnamese
- 现在Chinese (Simp.)
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