In the historical present;
At this point in the narration of a series of past events (synset 400049971)"President Kennedy now calls in the National Guard"; "Washington now decides to cross the Delaware"; "the ship is now listing to port"
In these times (synset 400049013)
"it is solely by their language that the upper classes nowadays are distinguished"; "we now rarely see horse-drawn vehicles on city streets"; "today almost every home has television"
Used to preface a command or reproof or request (synset 400049640)
"now hear this!"; "now pay attention"
At the present moment (synset 400049758)
"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"synonym: at present
Without delay or hesitation;
With no time intervening (synset 400049277)"he answered immediately"; "found an answer straightaway"; "an official accused of dishonesty should be suspended forthwith"; "Come here now!"
(prefatory or transitional) indicates a change of subject or activity (synset 400050296)
"Now the next problem is..."
In the immediate past (synset 400050223)
"told me just now"
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