Meaningn : the momentary present; "Now is a good time to do it"; "it
worked up to right now"
adv 1: at the present moment; "goods now on sale"; "the now-aging
dictator"; "they are now abroad"; "he is busy at
present writing a new novel"; "it could happen any
time now" [syn: at present]
2: in these times; "it is solely by their language that the
upper classes nowadays are distinguished"- Nancy Mitford;
"we now rarely see horse-drawn vehicles on city streets";
"today almost every home has television" [syn: nowadays,
3: 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"
4: (prefatory or transitional) indicates a change of subject or
activity; "Now the next problem is..."
5: used to preface a command or reproof or request; "now hear
this!"; "now pay attention"
6: without delay or hesitation; with no time intervening; "he
answered immediately"; "found an answer straightaway"; "an
official accused of dishonesty should be suspended
forthwith"; "Come here now!" [syn: immediately, instantly,
straightaway, straight off, directly, right away,
at once, forthwith, in real time, like a shot]
7: in the immediate past; "told me just now"