1. the momentary present;
- Example: "Now is a good time to do it"
- Example: "it worked up to right now"
1. in the historical present; at this point in the narration of a series of past events;
- Example: "President Kennedy now calls in the National Guard"
- Example: "Washington now decides to cross the Delaware"
- Example: "the ship is now listing to port"
2. in these times;
- Example: "it is solely by their language that the upper classes nowadays are distinguished"- Nancy Mitford
- Example: "we now rarely see horse-drawn vehicles on city streets"
- Example: "today almost every home has television"
[syn: nowadays, now, today]
3. used to preface a command or reproof or request;
- Example: "now hear this!"
- Example: "now pay attention"
4. at the present moment;
- Example: "goods now on sale"
- Example: "the now-aging dictator"
- Example: "they are now abroad"
- Example: "he is busy at present writing a new novel"
- Example: "it could happen any time now"
[syn: now, at present]
5. without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening;
- Example: "he answered immediately"
- Example: "found an answer straightaway"
- Example: "an official accused of dishonesty should be suspended forthwith"
- Example: "Come here now!"
[syn: immediately, instantly, straightaway, straight off, directly, now, right away, at once, forthwith, like a shot]
6. (prefatory or transitional) indicates a change of subject or activity;
- Example: "Now the next problem is..."
7. in the immediate past;
- Example: "told me just now"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Now \Now\ (nou), adv. [OE. nou, nu, AS. n[=u], nu; akin to D., OS., & OHG. nu, G. nu, nun, Icel., n[=u], Dan., Sw., & Goth. nu, L. nunc, Gr. ny`, ny^n, Skr. nu, n[=u]. [root]193. Cf. New.] [1913 Webster] 1. At the present time; at this moment; at the time of speaking; instantly; as, I will write now. [1913 Webster] I have a patient now living, at an advanced age, who discharged blood from his lungs thirty years ago. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster] 2. Very lately; not long ago. [1913 Webster] They that but now, for honor and for plate, Made the sea blush with blood, resign their hate. --Waller. [1913 Webster] 3. At a time contemporaneous with something spoken of or contemplated; at a particular time referred to. [1913 Webster] The ship was now in the midst of the sea. --Matt. xiv. 24. [1913 Webster] 4. In present circumstances; things being as they are; -- hence, used as a connective particle, to introduce an inference or an explanation. [1913 Webster] How shall any man distinguish now betwixt a parasite and a man of honor? --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster] Why should he live, now nature bankrupt is? --Shak. [1913 Webster] Then cried they all again, saying, Not this man, but Barabbas. Now, Barabbas was a robber. --John xviii. 40. [1913 Webster] The other great and undoing mischief which befalls men is, by their being misrepresented. Now, by calling evil good, a man is misrepresented to others in the way of slander. --South. [1913 Webster] Now and again, now and then; occasionally. Now and now, again and again; repeatedly. [Obs.] --Chaucer. Now and then, at one time and another; indefinitely; occasionally; not often; at intervals. "A mead here, there a heath, and now and then a wood." --Drayton. Now now, at this very instant; precisely now. [Obs.] "Why, even now now, at holding up of this finger, and before the turning down of this." --J. Webster (1607). Now . . . now, alternately; at one time . . . at another time. "Now high, now low, now master up, now miss." --Pope. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Now \Now\, a. Existing at the present time; present. [R.] "Our now happiness." --Glanvill. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Now \Now\, n. The present time or moment; the present. [1913 Webster] Nothing is there to come, and nothing past; But an eternal now does ever last. --Cowley. [1913 Webster]V.E.R.A. -- Virtual Entity of Relevant Acronyms (June 2006):
NOW Network Of Workstations (Cluster)Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
124 Moby Thesaurus words for "now": a la mode, advanced, all at once, all together, as, as long as, as of now, as things are, at a blow, at a stroke, at once, at one blow, at one jump, at one stroke, at one swoop, at one time, at present, at this juncture, at this moment, at this point, at this time, avant-garde, away, but now, cause, considering, contemporaneity, contemporaneousness, contemporary, directly, even now, far out, fashionable, for, for the nonce, for this occasion, forthwith, forward-looking, here, here and now, hereat, hic et nunc, historical present, immediately, in, in a hurry, in our time, in these days, inasmuch as, instanter, instantly, just now, lately, latterly, mod, modern, modernistic, modernity, modernized, modish, newfashioned, newness, not long ago, nowadays, nowness, of late, on the spot, only yesterday, our times, per saltum, present, present tense, present-day, present-time, presently, presentness, progressive, pronto, recently, right away, right now, right off, seeing, simultaneously, since, straightaway, straightway, streamlined, subito, the Now Generation, the nonce, the now, the other day, the present, the present age, the present day, the present hour, the present juncture, the present time, the time being, the times, then and there, these days, this day, this hour, this instant, this minute, this moment, this night, this point, this stage, this very minute, today, tonight, twentieth-century, ultra-ultra, ultramodern, uno saltu, up-to-date, up-to-datish, up-to-the-minute, way out, whereas, without delay