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adverb (AT PRESENT)    /naʊ/
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 Grammar:Now for emphasisWe sometimes use now to make a command or order stronger. We use it before or after imperative clauses:See moreGrammar:Now (that)We can use now that as a conjunction to refer to something and its result(s):See moreGrammar:NowSee moreGrammar:Now as an adverb of timeWe use now most commonly as an adverb of time. It means ‘at the present time’, ‘at this moment’ or ‘very soon’. We usually put now with this meaning in end position:See moreGrammar:Now as a discourse markerWe use now in speaking to signal something new, particularly when giving instructions or introducing a new idea or topic. We often use it with other similar markers such as right or OK:See more
(Definition of now adverb (AT PRESENT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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