What is now?

  • (adv): In the historical present; at this point in the narration of a series of past events.
    Example: "President Kennedy now calls in the National Guard"; "Washington now decides to cross the Delaware"; "the ship is now listing to port"
    See also — Additional definitions below


Now usually refers to the present time.

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ECTV - History - Now
... ECTV continues to grow as technology is becoming more available for the station ... City meetings are now live instead of tape delayed ...

More definitions of "now":

  • (adv): Used to preface a command or reproof or request.
    Example: "Now hear this!"; "now pay attention"
  • (adv): (prefatory or transitional) indicates a change of subject or activity.
    Example: "Now the next problem is..."
  • (noun): The momentary present.
    Example: "Now is a good time to do it"; "it worked up to right now"
  • (adv): In the immediate past.
    Example: "Told me just now"
  • (adv): In these times.
    Example: "We now rarely see horse-drawn vehicles on city streets"
    Synonyms: nowadays, today
  • (adv): At the present moment.
    Example: "Goods now on sale"; "the now-aging dictator"; "they are now abroad"; "it could happen any time now"
    Synonyms: at present

Famous quotes containing the word now:

    If I fail, it is difficult to believe that it matters. Poetry runs in our veins, and over the centuries will flower now here, now there. If it does not come from my pen it will come from another’s.
    Ruth Dallas (b. 1919)

    Thou hast made me, and shall thy work decay?
    Repair me now, for now mine end doth haste;
    I run to death, and death meets me as fast,
    And all my pleasures are like yesterday.
    John Donne (1572–1631)

    Long ago was the then beginning to seem like now
    As now is but the setting out on a new but still
    Undefined way.
    John Ashbery (b. 1927)