(noun, adjective, adverb, interjection, conjunction)


1. Present; current.

2. (archaic, law) At the time the will is written. Used in order to prevent any inheritance from being transferred to a person of a future marriage. Does not indicate the existence of a previous marriage.

- Now wife.

3. (informal) Fashionable; popular; up to date; current.

- I think this band's sound is very now.


1. in the historical present; at this point in the narration of a series of past events

- President Kennedy now calls in the National Guard

- Washington now decides to cross the Delaware

- the ship is now listing to port

2. in these times

- it is solely by their language that the upper classes nowadays are distinguished

- we now rarely see horse-drawn vehicles on city streets

Similar word(s): nowadays, today

3. used to preface a command or reproof or request

- now hear this!

- now pay attention

4. at the present moment

- goods now on sale

- the now-aging dictator

- they are now abroad

5. without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening

- Come here now!

Similar word(s): directly, forthwith, immediately, instantly, straightaway

6. (prefatory or transitional) indicates a change of subject or activity

- Now the next problem is...

7. in the immediate past

- told me just now

Sentences with now as an adverb:

- Now I am six.

- Now, we all want what is best for our children.

- Now I am ready.

- Now all the children have grown up and left, the house is very quiet.

- Now, he remembered why he had come.

- Now listen, we must do something about this.


1. since something is true: because of the fact that something happened.

- Now you mention it, I am kind of hungry.

2. since, because, in light of the fact.

- We can play football now that the rain has stopped.

3. — usually + that

- Now that you mention it, I am kind of hungry.

- Now that we're all here, let's start the meeting. = Let's start the meeting now that everyone's here.


1. Indicates a signal to begin.

- Now! Fire all we've got while the enemy is in reach!


1. the momentary present

- Now is a good time to do it

- it worked up to right now

Definition categories: time, nowadays, present

Sentences with now as a noun:

- Now is the right time.

- There is no better time than now.

- She is living in the now.