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Dictionary definition for: Now

1. (n) the momentary present; "Now is a good time to do it" "it worked up to right now"

2. (r) 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"

3. (r) 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"

4. (r) 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"

5. (r) (prefatory or transitional) indicates a change of subject or activity; "Now the next problem is..."

6. (r) used to preface a command or reproof or request; "now hear this!" "now pay attention"

7. (r) 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!"

8. (r) in the immediate past; "told me just now"

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