Pronunciation Adjective

now (not comparable)

  1. Present; current.
  2. (informal) Fashionable; popular; up to date; current.
    I think this band's sound is very now.
  3. (archaic, legal) At the time the will is written. Used in order to prevent any inheritance from being transferred to a person of a future marriage. Does not indicate the existence of a previous marriage.
    Now wife.

now (not comparable)

  1. At the present time.
    Now I am six.
    • I have a patient now living, at an advanced age, who discharged blood from his lungs thirty years ago.
  2. (sentence) Used to introduce a point, a remonstration or a rebuke.
    Now, we all want what is best for our children.
    Now stop that, Jimmy!
  3. Differently from the immediate past; differently from a more remote past or a possible future; differently from all other times.
    Now I am ready.
    We all now want the latest toys for our children.
    We all want what is now best for our children.
  4. Differently from the situation before a stated event or change of circumstance.
    Now all the children have grown up and left, the house is very quiet.
    Now that my sister has gotten rid of their cat, we can go to her house this coming Thanksgiving.
  5. At the time reached within a narration.
    Now, he remembered why he had come.
    He now asked her whether she had made pudding.
    The pudding was now ready to be served.
  6. In the context of urgency.
    Now listen, we must do something about this.
  7. (obsolete) As 'but now': Very recently; not long ago; up to the present.
    • They that but now, for honour and for plate, / Made the sea blush with blood, resign their hate.
Translations Translations
  • Spanish: ahora bien
  1. Since, because, in light of the fact; often with that.
    We can play football now that the rain has stopped.
    Now that you mention it, I am kind of hungry.
    Now that we're all here, let's start the meeting.
  • German: nun da, nun wo, jetzt wo
  • Portuguese: agora que, já que
  • Russian: раз уж
  • Spanish: ahora
  1. Indicates a signal to begin.
    Now! Fire all we've got while the enemy is in reach!
Translations Noun

now (uncountable)

  1. (uncountable) The present time.
    Now is the right time.
    There is no better time than now.
  2. (often, with "the") The state of not paying attention to the future or the past.
    Synonyms: here and now, Thesaurus:the present
    She is living in the now.
  3. (countable, chiefly, in phenomenology) A particular instant in time, as perceived at that instant.
    • Forever is composed of nows.
Translations Verb
  1. Misspelling of know
    I don't now.

Proper noun
  1. (US) Acronym of National Organization for Women

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