Origin of now
Definition for now (2 of 2)
Examples from the Web for now
Submission is set in a France seven years from now that is dominated by a Muslim president intent on imposing Islamic law.
His discourse is now more detailed: submission, which is the meaning of islam in Arabic, gives him a kind of enjoyment.
He looks like a man who should have had kids, but now never will.
And now, similarly, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee: "Bend over and take it like a prisoner!"Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner!|Olivia Nuzzi|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I wonder what that lady is doing now, and if she knows what she set in motion with Archer?‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS|Marlow Stern|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Evil is devised against you—evil you are powerless now to resist.Pabo, The Priest|Sabine Baring-Gould
I shall take my own course now; without the smallest consideration for your crotchets.Perlycross|R. D. Blackmore
They're always telling me the world is changed, and I begin to see it now.'Lord Kilgobbin|Charles Lever
Now I had never thought of such a thing until he suggested it.The Story of Scraggles|George Wharton James
Finding that the propeller would now work, Captain Williamson gave orders for full speed astern.First at the North Pole|Edward Stratemeyer
British Dictionary definitions for now
- (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!
- 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
Word Origin for now
Word Origin and History for now
Old English nu "now, at present, immediately; now that," also used as an interjection and as an introductory word; common Germanic (cf. Old Norse nu, Dutch nu, Old Frisian nu, German nun, Gothic nu "now"), from PIE *nu "now" (cf. Sanskrit and Avestan nu, Old Persian nuram, Hittite nuwa, Greek nu, nun, Latin nunc, Old Church Slavonic nyne, Lithuanian nu, Old Irish nu-). Perhaps originally "newly, recently," and related to the root of new.
Often merely emphatic; non-temporal usage (cf. Now, then) was in Old English. The adjective meaning "up to date" first recorded 1967, but the word was used also as an adjective in Middle English with the sense "current" from late 14c. Now and then "occasionally" is from 1530s; now or never attested from 1550s.
Idioms and Phrases with now
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