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adverb
 
 
/naʊ/
AT PRESENT 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)?Now
IMMEDIATELY A2 immediately: Come on, Andreas, we're going home now. I don't want to wait - I want it now!Now
LENGTH OF TIME 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.NowSpending time and time passing
IN SPEECH 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?InterjectionsSounds used as interjections
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?In the past
(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.Rarely and infrequently
any day/minute/time, etc now used to say that something will happen very soon: We're expecting our second child any day now.Until a particular momentIn the future and soon
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