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Dictionary Definition

now n : the momentary present; "Now is a good time to do it"; "it worked up to right now" adv
1 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" [syn: at present]
2 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" [syn: nowadays, today]
3 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"
4 (prefatory or transitional) indicates a change of subject or activity; "Now the next problem is..."
5 used to preface a command or reproof or request; "now hear this!"; "now pay attention"
6 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!" [syn: immediately, instantly, straightaway, straight off, directly, right away, at once, forthwith, in real time, like a shot]
7 in the immediate past; "told me just now"

User Contributed Dictionary

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  • /nɑʊ/, /naU/
  • Rhymes with: -aʊ


  1. Indicates this very moment in time.
    What are you doing now?
  2. A way of introducing a sentence, especially with a new topic.
    Now, I must admit that this has not been verified by any "official" archaeologists.


indicates this very moment in time
a way of introducing a sentence
  • Albanian: atëherë
  • Armenian: այժմ (ayžm)
  • Dutch: nou, nu
  • German: nun
  • Hebrew:
  • Icelandic: nú, núna
  • Italian: allora
  • Portuguese: agora
  • Russian: а сейчас
  • Spanish: entonces


  1. since, because, in light of the fact.
    ''We can play football now the rain has stopped.


since, because


  1. Indicates a signal to begin.


  1. The present time.
    Now is the right time.
    She is living in the now.


Extensive Definition

Now may refer to:





  • NOW (TV series), formerly NOW with Bill Moyers, a newsmagazine on PBS
  • Now (television), a former British television channel run by BSB
  • Now TV, the IPTV service provided by PCCW
  •, formerly Network of the World, an online TV network of PCCW, rebranded to now wireless broadband in the UK
  •, an online service provided by PCCW
  • No Opportunity Wasted, a Discovery Channel show


now in Bulgarian: Сега
now in Italian: NOW
now in Japanese: NOW
now in Chinese: Now

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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