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Definition now

Etymology 1

From Middle English now, nou, nu, from Old English (“now, at present, at this time, immediately, very recently”), from Proto-Germanic *nu (“now”), from Proto-Indo-European *nū (“now”). Cognate with Scots noo (“now”), Saterland Frisian nu (“now”), West Frisian no (“now”), Dutch nu, nou (“now”), German nu, nun (“now”), Norwegian Bokmål (“now”), Norwegian Nynorsk no (“now”), Swedish and Danish nu (“now”), Icelandic (“now”), Latin num (“even now, whether”), Latin nunc (“now”), Albanian ni (“now”), Lithuanian (“now”), Avestan ??‎ (nū, “now”), Sanskrit नु (nu, “now”).


now (not comparable)

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

now (not comparable)

  1. At the present time.
  2. (sentence) Used to introduce a point, a remonstration or a rebuke.
  3. Differently from the immediate past; differently from a more remote past or a possible future; differently from all other times.
  4. Differently from the situation before a stated event or change of circumstance.
  5. At the time reached within a narration.
  6. In the context of urgency.
  7. (obsolete) As 'but now': Very recently; not long ago; up to the present.


  1. Since, because, in light of the fact; often with that.


  1. Indicates a signal to begin.

now (usually uncountable, plural nows)

  1. (uncountable) The present time.
    1. (often with "the") The state of not paying attention to the future or the past.
    2. (countable, chiefly in phenomenology) A particular instant in time, as perceived at that instant.

Etymology 2

See know.



  1. Misspelling of know.

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