From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishnownow1 /naʊ/ ●●●S1W1 adverb 🔊 🔊 1NOWat the present time at this time 🔊 They now live in the city centre. 🔊 There’s nothing I can do about this right now (=exactly now).by now 🔊 Sonia should have been home by now. Do you think she’s OK?up to now/until now 🔊 Until now, doctors have been able to do very little to treat this disease. 🔊 Please try to be more careful from now on (=starting from now).for now (=for a short time) 🔊 Just leave your shoes on the back porch for now.just now especially British English (=at the present time) 🔊 There are a lot of bargains in the shops just now.2NOWimmediately immediately 🔊 The bell has rung – stop writing now. 🔊 If we leave now, we’ll be there before dark.3NOWrealizing used when you know or understand something because of something you have just seen, just been told etc 🔊 Having met the rest of the family, she now saw where he got his temper from.4 →three weeks/two years etc now5 →(every) now and then/now and againSPOKEN PHRASES6a)ATTENTIONused when getting someone’s attention before continuing what you are saying or changing the subject 🔊 Now, let’s move on to the question of payment.b)used at the beginning of a sentence when asking for information 🔊 Now, what did you say your name was?c)PAUSEused when pausing when you are thinking what to say next 🔊 Now, let’s see, oh yes – they wanted to know what time you’ll be back on Friday.d)SAY/STATEused to say that if the situation was different, something different would happen 🔊 Now if I’d been in charge there’s no way I’d have let them use the van.e)COMFORT/MAKE somebody FEEL BETTERused to make someone calm, or comfort them when they are angry, upset etc 🔊 Come on now, don’t cry.f)REMIND/MAKE somebody REMEMBERused when telling or reminding someone to do something 🔊 Now hurry up! I haven’t got all day. 🔊 Don’t forget now, you have a dental appointment Thursday afternoon.7 →any day/minute etc now8 →just now9 →now then10 →well now11 →now for something12 →and now13 →now now14 →not now15 →now what?16 →now you’re talking17 →it’s now or never18 →now’s the time (for somebody) to do something19 →what is it now?/now what?20 →now you tell me!21 →now ... now ...THESAURUSnow at this timeWhere are you living now?The population is much larger now than it used to be.currently formal now – used when describing what a situation is likeThe firm currently employs 113 people.Currently, the starting salary is around £20,000.at the moment now – used when talking about a short period of time, after which the situation is likely to changeI think she’s at lunch at the moment – can I ask her to call you back?At the moment I’m working in a restaurant, but I’m hoping to go to college.at present/at the present time formal (also presently American English) now – used when you do not expect something that is true now to be permanentMany areas are inaccessible at present due to heavy snow.The official currency is the crown, presently about 30 to the dollar.for the time being now – used when a situation is likely to change, especially because an arrangement is only temporaryYou can stay here for the time being, until you find a flat.
now• My oldest son and I are getting along better now that he's getting ready to go to college.NOW, thethe NOWNOW, the /ˌen əʊ ˈdʌbəljuː $ -oʊ-/ 🔊 🔊 (the National Organization for Women) a large US organization started in 1966, which works for legal, economic, and socialequality between women and men. Its first president was Betty Friedan, who also helped to start it