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"now" in British English

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nowadverb

uk   /naʊ/ us   /naʊ/
  • 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.
A2 immediately: I don't want to wait until tomorrow, I want it 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.
used in stories or reports of past events to describe a new situation or event: It was getting dark now, and we were tired.
used when describing a situation that is the result of what someone just said or did: Oh yes, now I know who you mean.
any minute/moment/second/time now
B2 very soon: The guests are coming any minute now, and the house is still a mess.
now for ... informal
used to introduce a new subject: And now for what we're going to do tomorrow.

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  • 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 come by, 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.

nownoun [U]

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

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nowconjunction

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(Definition of now from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"now" in American English

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nowadverb [not gradable]

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

nownoun [U]

us   /nɑʊ/
  • 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.
(Definition of now from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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