Meaning of “now” - Learner’s Dictionary


adverb uk us /naʊ/

A1 at the present time:

She's finished her degree and now she teaches English.
Do you know where Eva is right now (= at this moment)?

A2 immediately:

Come on, Andreas, we're going home now.
I don't want to wait - I want it now!

B2 used to show the length of time that something has been happening, from the time it began until the present:

I've lived in Canada for two years now.

used when you start to tell someone something:

Now, I have been to Glasgow many times before.
Now then, would anyone else like to ask a question?
just now

a very short time ago:

When I came in just now, everyone was laughing.
Who was that woman who was speaking just now?
(every) now and then/again

B2 If something happens now and then, it happens sometimes but not very often:

I love chocolate, but I only eat it now and then.
any day/minute/time, etc now

used to say that something will happen very soon:

We're expecting our second child any day now.

(Definition of “now adverb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)