Now

Definition of Now

Pronunciation: nou
adv.1.
1.At the present time; at this moment; at the time of speaking; instantly; as, I will write now.
I have a patient now living, at an advanced age, who discharged blood from his lungs thirty years ago.
- Arbuthnot.
2.Very lately; not long ago.
They that but now, for honor and for plate,
Made the sea blush with blood, resign their hate.
- Waller.
3.At a time contemporaneous with something spoken of or contemplated; at a particular time referred to.
The ship was now in the midst of the sea.
- Matt. xiv. 24.
4.In present circumstances; things being as they are; - hence, used as a connective particle, to introduce an inference or an explanation.
How shall any man distinguish now betwixt a parasite and a man of honor?
- L'Estrange.
Why should he live, now nature bankrupt is?
- Shak.
Then cried they all again, saying, Not this man, but Barabbas. Now, Barabbas was a robber.
- John xviii. 40.
The other great and undoing mischief which befalls men is, by their being misrepresented. Now, by calling evil good, a man is misrepresented to others in the way of slander.
- South.
Now and again
now and then; occasionally.
Now and now
again and again; repeatedly.
Now and then
at one time and another; indefinitely; occasionally; not often; at intervals.
- Chaucer.
Now now
at this very instant; precisely now.
- Drayton.
Now . . . now
alternately; at one time . . . at another time.
- J. Webster (1607).
a.1.Existing at the present time; present.
n.1.The present time or moment; the present.
Nothing is there to come, and nothing past;
But an eternal now does ever last.
- Cowley.

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