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Meaning of now by Wiktionary Dictionary




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Explanation of now by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. in these times

    2. 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
    3. without delay or hesitation

    4. Come here now!
    5. used to preface a command or reproof or request

    6. now hear this!
      now pay attention
    7. at the present moment

    8. goods now on sale
      the now-aging dictator
      they are now abroad
      it could happen any time now
    9. in the historical present

    10. President Kennedy now calls in the National Guard
      Washington now decides to cross the Delaware
      the ship is now listing to port
    11. in the immediate past

    12. told me just now
    13. indicates a change of subject or activity

    14. Now the next problem is...
    1. the momentary present

    2. Now is a good time to do it
      it worked up to right now

    Definition of now by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Now ( nou ), adv. [OE. nou, nu, AS. nū, nu; akin to D., OS., & OHG. nu, G. nu, nun, Icel., nū, Dan., Sw., & Goth. nu, L. nunc, Gr. νύ, νῦν, Skr. nu, nū. √193. Cf. New.]

      1. At the present time; at this moment; at the time of speaking; instantly; as, “I will write now”.

      I have a patient now living, at an advanced age, who discharged blood from his lungs thirty years ago. Arbuthnot.

      2. Very lately; not long ago.

      They that but now, for honor and for plate,

      Made the sea blush with blood, resign their hate. Waller.

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

      The ship was now in the midst of the sea. Matt. xiv. 24.

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

      How shall any man distinguish now betwixt a parasite and a man of honor? L'Estrange.

      Why should he live, now nature bankrupt is? Shak.

      Then cried they all again, saying, Not this man, but Barabbas. Now, Barabbas was a robber. John xviii. 40.

      The other great and undoing mischief which befalls men is, by their being misrepresented. Now, by calling evil good, a man is misrepresented to others in the way of slander. South.

      Now and again, now and then; occasionally. -- Now and now, again and again; repeatedly. [Obs.] Chaucer. -- Now and then, at one time and another; indefinitely; occasionally; not often; at intervals. “A mead here, there a heath, and now and then a wood.” Drayton. -- Now now, at this very instant; precisely now. [Obs.] “Why, even now now, at holding up of this finger, and before the turning down of this.” J. Webster ( 1607 ). -- Now . . . now, alternately; at one time . . . at another time. “Now high, now low, now master up, now miss.” Pope.

    2. Now, a. Existing at the present time; present. [R.] “Our now happiness.” Glanvill.

    3. Now, n. The present time or moment; the present.

      Nothing is there to come, and nothing past;

      But an eternal now does ever last. Cowley.