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. Ban Ki-moon:

    We must act now.

  2. Milaine Nocent:

    Now we can stay.

  3. Marco Rubio:

    OK I'm ready now.

  4. Lyle Petersen:

    What we now know.

  5. Hamza Abdul:

    It's all ashes now.

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