[ nou ]
/ naʊ /
at the present time or moment: You are now using a dictionary.
without further delay; immediately; at once: Either do it now or not at all.
at this time or juncture in some period under consideration or in some course of proceedings described: The case was now ready for the jury.
at the time or moment immediately past: I saw him just now on the street.
in these present times; nowadays: Now you rarely see horse-drawn carriages.
under the present or existing circumstances; as matters stand: I see now what you meant.
(used to introduce a statement or question): Now, you don't really mean that.
(used to strengthen a command, entreaty, or the like): Now stop that!
inasmuch as; since: Now you're here, why not stay for dinner?
the present time or moment: Up to now no one has volunteered.
up-to-the-minute; encompassing the latest ideas, fads, or fashions: the now look; the now generation.
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now and again, occasionally.Also now and then.
now that, inasmuch as; since: Now that she is rich and famous, she is constantly being besieged by appeals for aid.
Origin of now
before 900; 1965–70 for def 11; Middle English; Old English nū, cognate with Old Norse, Gothic nū; akin to German nun, Latin num, Sanskrit nu, Greek nú, nûn
Related formsnow·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for now and again
/ (naʊ) /
at or for the present time or moment
at this exact moment; immediately
in these times; nowadays
given the present circumstancesnow we'll have to stay to the end
(preceded by just) very recentlyhe left just now
(often preceded by just) very soonhe is leaving just now
now and again, now and then, every now and again or every now and then occasionally; on and off
for now for the time being
now now! (interjection) an exclamation used to rebuke or pacify someone
- (sentence connector) used to preface an important remark, the next step in an argument, etc
- (interjection) an expression of mild reproofnow then, don't tease!
(subordinating often foll by that) seeing that; since it has become the case thatnow you're in charge, things will be better
- used as a transitional particle or hesitation wordnow, I can't really say
- used for emphasisnow listen to this
- used at the end of a command, esp in dismissalrun along, now
the present moment or timenow is the time to go
informal of the moment; fashionablethe now look is street fashion
Word Origin for now
Old English nū; compare Old Saxon nū, German nun, Latin nunc, Greek nu
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Idioms and Phrases with now and again (1 of 2)
now and again
Also, now and then. See every now and then.
Idioms and Phrases with now and again (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with now
- now and again
- now or never, it's
- now that
- now you're talking
- any day (now)
- every now and then
- here and now
- just now
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