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Adverb: now  naw
  1. 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"
  2. In these times
    "we now rarely see horse-drawn vehicles on city streets";
    - nowadays, today
  3. Used to preface a command, reproof or request
    "now hear this!"; "now pay attention"
  4. At the present moment
    "goods now on sale"; "the now-aging dictator"; "they are now abroad"; "it could happen any time now";
    - at present
  5. Without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening
    "Come here now!";
    - immediately, instantly, straightaway, straight off, directly, right away, at once, forthwith, like a shot [informal], right off the bat [N. Amer, informal], instantaneously, outright, in a flash, tout de suite
  6. (prefatory or transitional) indicates a change of subject or activity
    "Now the next problem is..."
  7. In the immediate past
    "told me just now"
Noun: now  naw
  1. The momentary present
    "Now is a good time to do it"; "it worked up to right now"

Derived forms: nows

Type of: nowadays, present

Encyclopedia: Now, There Was a Song