[n] the momentary present; "Now is a good time to do it"; "it worked up to right now"
[adv] 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"
[adv] without delay; with no time intervening; "he answered immediately"; "found an answer straightaway"; "an official accused of dishonesty should be suspended forthwith"; "Come here now!"
[adv] used to preface a command or reproof or request; "now hear this!"; "now pay attention"
[adv] 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"
[adv] 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"
[adv] in the immediate past; "told me just now"
[adv] (prefatory or transitional) "Now the next problem is..."
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at once, at present, directly, forthwith, immediately, in real time, instantly, nowadays, right away, straight off, straightaway, today