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Meaning & Definition of Now in English

English

Now

/naʊ/

noun

1. The momentary present

  • "Now is a good time to do it"
  • "It worked up to right now"
    synonym:
  • now

adverb

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • now

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • nowadays
  • ,
  • now
  • ,
  • today

3. Used to preface a command or reproof or request

  • "Now hear this!"
  • "Now pay attention"
    synonym:
  • now

4. 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"
    synonym:
  • now
  • ,
  • at present

5. 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!"
    synonym:
  • immediately
  • ,
  • instantly
  • ,
  • straightaway
  • ,
  • straight off
  • ,
  • directly
  • ,
  • now
  • ,
  • right away
  • ,
  • at once
  • ,
  • forthwith
  • ,
  • like a shot

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

  • "Now the next problem is..."
    synonym:
  • now

7. In the immediate past

  • "Told me just now"
    synonym:
  • now

Examples of using

I see you are a really lewd stud... Get on your knees and start licking my wet cunt! From now on, you are my tame sex toy.
I live here all year round now.
The laboratory is busy now on a new scientific experiment.