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now

adverb [not gradable]  /nɑʊ/ us  

now adverb [not gradable] (AT PRESENT)

at the present time rather than in the past or future, or immediately: She used to work in an office, but now she works at home. It’s now 7 o’clock, time to get up or you’ll be late for work. Just now means either a very short time ago or at the present time: I can’t stop to talk just now, but give me a call when you get home.

now adverb [not gradable] (IN SPEECH)

used in statements and questions to introduce or give emphasis to what you are saying: Now where was I before you interrupted me?

now

noun [U]  /nɑʊ/ us  

now noun [U] (AT PRESENT)

the present moment or time: That’s all for now (= until a future point in time). From now on (= Starting at this moment and continuing in the future), the front door will be locked at midnight.
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