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now

adverb uk   /naʊ/ us  

now adverb (AT PRESENT)

A1 at the present time, not in the past or future: She used to be a teacher, but now she works in publishing. I may eat something later, but I'm not hungry now. Many people now own a smartphone.Now A2 immediately: I don't want to wait until tomorrow, I want it now!Now B2 used to express how long something has been happening, from when it began to the present time: She's been a vegetarian for ten years now.Until a particular moment used in stories or reports of past events to describe a new situation or event: It was getting dark now and we were tired.Connecting words joining words or phrases with similar or related meanings used when describing a situation that is the result of what someone just said or did: Oh yes, now I know who you mean.Connecting words joining words or phrases with similar or related meanings any minute/moment/second/time now B2 very soon: Our guests will be arriving any moment now and the house is still a mess.In the future and soon now for ... informal used to introduce a new subject: And now for what we're going to do tomorrow.Connecting words joining words or phrases with similar or related meanings

now adverb (IN SPEECH)

used in statements and questions to introduce or give emphasis to what you are saying: Now, where did I put my hat? There was a knock at the door. Now Jan knew her mother had promised to visit, so she assumed it was her. Hurry, now, or you'll miss the bus! Sorry, I can't today. Now if you'd asked me yesterday, I would have said yes.Connecting words joining words or phrases with similar or related meanings

now

noun [U] uk   /naʊ/ us  
the present moment or time: Now isn't a good time to speak to him. I thought you'd have finished by now. You should have mentioned it before now. That's all for now (= until a future point in time).Now from now on/as from now from this moment and always in the future: From now on the gates will be locked at midnight.In the future and soon

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(Definition of now from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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