Antonyms for now


Grammar : Adv
Spell : nou
Phonetic Transcription : naʊ


Definition of now

Origin :
  • Old English nu "now, at present, immediately; now that," also used as an interjection and as an introductory word; common Germanic (cf. Old Norse nu, Dutch nu, Old Frisian nu, German nun, Gothic nu "now"), from PIE *nu "now" (cf. Sanskrit and Avestan nu, Old Persian nuram, Hittite nuwa, Greek nu, nun, Latin nunc, Old Church Slavonic nyne, Lithuanian nu, Old Irish nu-). Perhaps originally "newly, recently," and related to the root of new.
  • Often merely emphatic; non-temporal usage (cf. Now, then) was in Old English. The adjective meaning "up to date" first recorded 1967, but the word was used also as an adjective in Middle English with the sense "current" from late 14c. Now and then "occasionally" is from 1530s; now or never attested from 1550s.
  • adv presently
  • adv at the present
  • adv in the immediate future
  • adv immediately
Example sentences :
  • At length the servant returned, saying his master was now ready to see them.
  • Extract from : « Philothea » by Lydia Maria Child
  • This trained neutrality of Mrs. Bines served her finely now.
  • Extract from : « The Spenders » by Harry Leon Wilson
  • The reason I write promptly is that you may not go out of the country just now.
  • Extract from : « The Spenders » by Harry Leon Wilson
  • Now you and sis never get up with any such light poetic notion as that.
  • Extract from : « The Spenders » by Harry Leon Wilson
  • The impulse that had prompted him to hail her now prompted wild words.
  • Extract from : « The Spenders » by Harry Leon Wilson
  • Dad and the mater both say the same now—they're more severe than I was.
  • Extract from : « The Spenders » by Harry Leon Wilson
  • "Now you are angry with me," exclaimed the sensitive maiden; and she burst into tears.
  • Extract from : « Philothea » by Lydia Maria Child
  • I have more than once tried to deceive you, but you will feel that I am not now speaking falsely.
  • Extract from : « Philothea » by Lydia Maria Child
  • You can even now return, if you will submit to be a mere sojourner in Athens.
  • Extract from : « Philothea » by Lydia Maria Child
  • She had rejoiced for his happy spirit, and now she mourned her own widowed lot.
  • Extract from : « Philothea » by Lydia Maria Child

Synonyms for now

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