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.
Idioms about now
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.
- nowness, noun
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How to use now in a sentence
I forget him most of the time, but nows and thens he speaks up and gives me to understand he's there all right.Pippin; A Wandering Flame | Laura E. Richards
I come here and prayed, nows and thens, when I thought maybe a Sunday would be about doo.Treasure Island | Robert Louis Stevenson
Shove off, shove off; nows your time, for the under–current is failing her.Cradock Nowell, Vol. 2 (of 3) | Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Nows our chance to get back while the guns are socking it into em.Grapes of wrath | Boyd Cable
Nows our chance to make an end of this customer for once and all!Bobby Blake on a Plantation | Frank A. Warner
British Dictionary definitions for now
at or for the present time or moment
at this exact moment; immediately
in these times; nowadays
given the present circumstances: now we'll have to stay to the end
(preceded by just) very recently: he left just now
(often preceded by just) very soon: he 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 reproof: now then, don't tease!
(subordinating often foll by that) seeing that; since it has become the case that: now you're in charge, things will be better
used as a transitional particle or hesitation word: now, I can't really say
used for emphasis: now listen to this
used at the end of a command, esp in dismissal: run along, now
the present moment or time: now is the time to go
informal of the moment; fashionable: the now look is street fashion
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Other 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
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