• At the present time.
  • Differently from the immediate past; differently from a more remote past or a possible future; differently from all other times.
  • Differently from the situation before a stated event or change of circumstance.
  • At the time reached within a narration.
  • As 'but now': Very recently; not long ago; up to the present.



  • The present time.
  • The state of not paying attention to the future or the past.
  • A particular instant in time, as perceived at that instant.


  • Misspelling of know


  • From Middle English now, nou, nu, from Old English nū, from Proto-West Germanic *nū, from Proto-Germanic *nu, from Proto-Indo-European *nū ("now").
  • Cognate with Scots noo ("now"), Saterland Frisian nu ("now"), West Frisian no ("now"), Dutch nu, nou, German nu, nun, Norwegian Bokmål nå ("now"), Norwegian Nynorsk no ("now"), Swedish and Danish nu ("now"), Icelandic nú ("now"), Latin num ("even now, whether"), Latin nunc ("now"), Albanian ni ("now"), Lithuanian nù ("now"), Avestan 𐬥𐬏, Sanskrit नु ("now").
  • See know.

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