Hyper Dictionary

English Dictionary Computer Dictionary Video Dictionary Thesaurus Dream Dictionary Medical Dictionary

Search Dictionary:  

Meaning of NOW

Pronunciation:  naw

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the momentary present; "Now is a good time to do it"; "it worked up to right now"
  2. [adv]  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"
  3. [adv]  without delay; with no time intervening; "he answered immediately"; "found an answer straightaway"; "an official accused of dishonesty should be suspended forthwith"; "Come here now!"
  4. [adv]  used to preface a command or reproof or request; "now hear this!"; "now pay attention"
  5. [adv]  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"
  6. [adv]  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"
  7. [adv]  in the immediate past; "told me just now"
  8. [adv]  (prefatory or transitional) "Now the next problem is..."

NOW is a 3 letter word that starts with N.


 Synonyms: at once, at present, directly, forthwith, immediately, in real time, instantly, nowadays, right away, straight off, straightaway, today
 See Also: nowadays, present



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Now\, 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. ?, ?, Skr. nu, n[=u]. [root]193. Cf. {New}.]
    1. At the present time; at this moment; at the time of
       speaking; instantly; as, I will write now.
             I have a patient now living, at an advanced age, who
             discharged blood from his lungs thirty years ago.
    2. Very lately; not long ago.
             They that but now, for honor and for plate, Made the
             sea blush with blood, resign their hate. --Waller.
    3. At a time contemporaneous with something spoken of or
       contemplated; at a particular time referred to.
             The ship was now in the midst of the sea. --Matt.
                                                   xiv. 24.
    4. In present circumstances; things being as they are; --
       hence, used as a connective particle, to introduce an
       inference or an explanation.
             How shall any man distinguish now betwixt a parasite
             and a man of honor ?                  --L'Estrange.
             Why should he live, now nature bankrupt is ? --Shak.
             Then cried they all again, saying, Not this man, but
             Barabbas. Now, Barabbas was a robber. --John xviii.
             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.
    {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.''
  2. \Now\, a.
    Existing at the present time; present. [R.] ``Our now
    happiness.'' --Glanvill.
  3. \Now\, n.
    The present time or moment; the present.
          Nothing is there to come, and nothing past; But an
          eternal now does ever last.              --Cowley.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: 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, presently, presentness, present-time, progressive, pronto, recently, right away, right now, right off, seeing, simultaneously, since, straightaway, straightway, streamlined, subito, the nonce, the now, the Now Generation, 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, ultramodern, ultra-ultra, uno saltu, up-to-date, up-to-datish, up-to-the-minute, way out, whereas, without delay