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.
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.
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, every now and then, occasionally; on and off
for now, for the time being
(interjection) now now!, an exclamation used to rebuke or pacify someone
(subordinating) often foll by that. seeing that; since it has become the case that: now you’re in charge, things will be better
the present moment or time: now is the time to go
(informal) of the moment; fashionable: the now look is street fashion
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.
Up-to-date; very much au courant; thoroughly modern: tripping out on now words/ the Right On, Now Generation (1967+)
National Organization for Women
- NOW account
noun 1. Banking. a savings account against which checks can be written.
[nou-uh-deyz] /ˈnaʊ əˌdeɪz/ adverb 1. at the present day; in these times: Few people do their laundry by hand nowadays. noun 2. the present: The kitchens of nowadays are much more efficient than when I was a boy. /ˈnaʊəˌdeɪz/ adverb 1. in these times adv. late 14c., contracted from Middle English nou adayes (mid-14c.), from […]
[noh-wey] /ˈnoʊˌweɪ/ adverb 1. in no way, respect, or degree; not at all; nowise: He was noway responsible for the accident. /ˈnəʊˌweɪ/ adverb 1. in no manner; not at all; nowise Also in the US (not standard) noways sentence substitute 2. used to make an emphatic refusal, denial, etc
interjection 1. Informal. absolutely not; no. [wey] /weɪ/ noun 1. manner, mode, or fashion: a new way of looking at a matter; to reply in a polite way. 2. characteristic or habitual manner: Her way is to work quietly and never complain. 3. a method, plan, or means for attaining a goal: to find a […]