I. adverb Etymology: Middle English, from Old English nū; akin to Old High German now, Latin nunc, Greek nyn Date: before 12th century 1. a. at the present time or moment b. in the time immediately before the present <
thought of them just now
c. in the time immediately to follow ; forthwith <
come in now
2. — used with the sense of present time weakened or lost to express command, request, or admonition <
now hear this
now you be sure to write
3. — used with the sense of present time weakened or lost to introduce an important point or indicate a transition (as of ideas) <
now, this may seem reasonable at first
4. sometimes <
now one and now another
5. under the present circumstances 6. at the time referred to <
now the trouble began
7. by this time <
has been teaching now for twenty years
II. conjunction Date: before 12th century in view of the fact that ; since — often followed by that <
now that we are here
III. noun Date: 12th century the present time or moment <
been ill up to now
IV. adjective Date: 14th century 1. of or relating to the present time ; existing <
the now president
2. a. excitingly new <
now clothes
b. constantly aware of what is new <
now people
the now generation

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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