Meaning of “nowadays” in the English Dictionary

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"nowadays" in British English

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nowadaysadverb

uk /ˈnaʊ.ə.deɪz/ us /ˈnaʊ.ə.deɪz/

B1 at the present time, in comparison to the past:

Who remembers those movies nowadays?
Nowadays, I bake my own bread rather than buy it.

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  • Children challenge their parents' authority far more nowadays than they did in the past.
  • Accidents due to failure of safety equipment are uncommon nowadays.
  • Spy thrillers with plots based on the Cold War look particularly dated nowadays.
  • Most of our custom comes from tourists nowadays.
  • The first mobile phones were heavy and clumsy to use, but nowadays they are much easier to handle.

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

"nowadays" in American English

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nowadaysadverb [ not gradable ]

us /ˈnɑʊ·əˌdeɪz/

at the present time, in comparison to the past:

Nowadays people don’t dress up as much as they used to.

(Definition of “nowadays” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)