What is the meaning of now?


  • The momentary present.
    • usage: "Now is a good time to do it"; "it worked up to right now"


  • In the historical present; at this point in the narration of a series of past events.
    • usage: "President Kennedy now calls in the National Guard"; "Washington now decides to cross the Delaware"; "the ship is now listing to port"
  • In these times.
    • usage: "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"
  • Used to preface a command or reproof or request.
    • usage: "now hear this"; "now pay attention"
  • At the present moment.
    • usage: "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"
  • Without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening.
    • usage: "he answered immediately"; "found an answer straightaway"; "an official accused of dishonesty should be suspended forthwith"; "Come here now"
  • Prefatory or transitional. ( indicates a change of subject or activity)
    • usage: "Now the next problem is..."
  • In the immediate past.
    • usage: "told me just now"
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APAWordNet. (2010). now. Retrieved February 17, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/now/definitions/1249793
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "now" http://smartdefine.org/now/definitions/1249793 (accessed February 17, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, now, Smart Define, viewed 17 February, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/now/definitions/1249793>.
MLAWordNet. "now" 23 October 2010. Web. 17 February 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/now/definitions/1249793>
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