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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 now /ˈnaʊ/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Now adv.
 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. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
 Now and then, at one time and another; indefinitely; occasionally; not often; at intervals. “A mead here, there a heath, and now and then a wood.” --Drayton.
 Now now, at this very instant; precisely now. [Obs.] “Why, even now now, at holding up of this finger, and before the turning down of this.” --J. Webster (1607).
 Now . . . now, alternately; at one time . . . at another time. Now high, now low, now master up, now miss.” --Pope.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Now, a. Existing at the present time; present. [R.] “Our now happiness.”

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Now, n. The present time or moment; the present.
 Nothing is there to come, and nothing past;
 But an eternal now does ever last.   --Cowley.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : 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"