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Definitions of now

  1. without delay; with no time intervening; " he answered immediately"; " found an answer straightaway"; " an official accused of dishonesty should be suspended forthwith"; " Come here now!"
  2. 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"
  3. ( prefatory or transitional) " Now the next problem is..."
  4. the momentary present; " Now is a good time to do it"; " it worked up to right now"
  5. 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"
  6. used to preface a command or reproof or request; " now hear this!"; " now pay attention"
  7. 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"
  8. in the immediate past; " told me just now"
  9. 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!"
  10. ( prefatory or transitional) indicates a change of subject or activity; " Now the next problem is..."
  11. At the present time; at this moment; at the time of speaking; instantly; as, I will write now.
  12. Very lately; not long ago.
  13. At a time contemporaneous with something spoken of or contemplated; at a particular time referred to.
  14. Existing at the present time; present.
  15. The present time or moment; the present.
  16. In present circumstances; things being as they are; - hence, used as a connective particle, to introduce an inference or an explanation.
  17. At the present time; as, the danger is now over; quite recently; as, he left just now; in the immediate future; at once; as, I am going now; under the circumstances; as, now, what will you do.
  18. Since; seeing that; now that.
  19. The present time.
  20. At the present time: at this time or a little before.
  21. But: after this: things being so.
  22. At this time; at one time.
  23. But; then; things being so.
  24. The present time or moment.
  25. At once; at the present time.
  26. Things being so.
  27. At the present time; very lately.
  28. This being the case; after this, Now and then, at one time and another.
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Usage examples for now

  1. Now Mr. Clavering, what is it? – The Claverings by Anthony Trollope
  2. You may go now sir. – Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France by Stanley J. Weyman
  3. Now she knew that it was not so. – Kildares of Storm by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
  4. Oh, yes, now I know you! – Andreas Hofer by Lousia Muhlbach
  5. But I know it now – The Captives by Hugh Walpole
  6. And I want to know it now – The Heritage of the Hills by Arthur P. Hankins
  7. " So, that's right," he said; " get up now – Hunger by Knut Hamsun
  8. I can see it all now – The Secrets of Potsdam by William Le Queux
  9. Oh, what is going to happen now – The Story of Calico Clown by Laura Lee Hope
  10. I 'm goin' right now – Susan Clegg and Her Neighbors' Affairs by Anne Warner
  11. You 'quit her now – The Reclaimers by Margaret Hill McCarter
  12. And now sir, we can go. – A Hungarian Nabob by Maurus Jókai
  13. Who are you, now – Birds in the Bush by Bradford Torrey
  14. What is she up to now – The Greater Inclination by Edith Wharton
  15. Where was he going now – The Adventures of Jimmie Dale by Frank L. Packard
  16. Think we all go see Miss Barbara now – The Yellow God An Idol of Africa by H. Rider Haggard
  17. Now mind you don't, then. – Bird of Paradise by Ada Leverson
  18. And now this is what I want to tell you. – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
  19. Ah yes, I understand now – The Everlasting Arms by Joseph Hocking
  20. Well, now I do. – Caribbee by Thomas Hoover
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