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now / nou/ • adv. 1. at the present time or moment: where are you living now? | it's the most popular style of jazz right now | not now, I'm late | [after prep.] they should be back by now. ∎  at the time directly following the present moment; immediately: if we leave now, we can be home by ten | I'd rather do it now than leave it till later. ∎  under the present circumstances; as a result of something that has recently happened: it is now clear that we should not pursue this policy | I didn't receive the letter, but it hardly matters now. ∎  on this further occasion, typically as the latest in a series of annoying situations or events: what do you want now? ∎  used to emphasize a particular length of time: they've been married four years now. ∎  (in a narrative or account of past events) at the time spoken of or referred to: it had happened three times now | she was nineteen now, and she was alone. 2. used, esp. in conversation, to draw attention to a particular statement or point in a narrative: now, my first impulse was to run away | I don't like Scotch. Now, if it had been Irish Whiskey you'd offered me. ∎  used when turning to a different subject or activity: and now for something completely different 3. used in or as a request, instruction, or question, typically to give a slight emphasis to one's words: now, if you'll excuse me? | we can hardly send her back, now can we? | run along now. ∎  used when pausing or considering one's next words: let me see now; oh yes, I remember. 4. used at the end of an ironic question echoing a previous statement: “Mom says for you to give me some of your stamps.” “Does she now?” • conj. as a consequence of the fact: they spent a lot of time together now that he had retired | now that you mention it, I haven't seen her around for ages. • adj. inf. fashionable; up to date: seventies disco dancing—very now. PHRASES: for now until a later time: that's all the news there is for now. now and again (or then) from time to time. now now used as an expression of mild remonstrance: now now, that's not the way to behave. now ——, now —— at one moment ——, at the next ——: a wind whipped about the house, now this way, now that. now or never used to convey urgency: it was now or never—I had to move fast. now then 1. used to get someone's attention or to invite a response: now then, who's for a coffee? 2. used as an expression of mild remonstrance or warning: now then, Emily, I think Sarah has suffered enough. now you're talking used to express one's enthusiastic agreement with or approval of a statement or suggestion: The Beatles! Now you're talking.DERIVATIVES: now·ness n.

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now adv. at the present time; conj. since, seeing that. OE. nū̆ = OS., OHG., ON., Goth. nū̆ (Du. nu; G. nun, with advb. n); corr. to L. num, nunc, Gr. nu(n), nûn, OSl. nynē, Lith. , Skr. .
Hence nowaday(s) XIV. f. ME. aday(s), from the blending of OE. on dæġe and g. dæġes; see -S.

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NOW • abbr. National Organization for Women.

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NOW (USA) National Organization for Women
• Banking (USA) negotiable order of withdrawal (as in NOW account)
• New Opportunities for Women

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