1 at the present time
He is now 48 years old.
She’s been very ill, but she’s much better now.
by/before now: The meeting should have finished by now.
I’ve never been to a formal dinner party before now, and I’m not quite sure how to behave.
from now on (=starting from the present time): Nancy will be working full-time from now on.
as of now: The rule will take effect as of now.
for now (=from now until some future time): Prices will remain unchanged for now.
Goodbye for now.
up to now/until now: Until now, we’ve had very mild weather this winter.
right now: Right now I’m not interested in dating – I need to spend some time alone.
not now: ‘Can I ask you a question?’ ‘Not now – I’m busy.’
now is the time/moment: Now is the time to look forward, make plans for the future, and work together.
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