Pronunciation: (nou),[key] —adv. 1. at the present time or moment: You are now using a dictionary. 2. without further delay; immediately; at once: Either do it now or not at all. 3. at this time or juncture in some period under consideration or in some course of proceedings described: The case was now ready for the jury. 4. at the time or moment immediately past: I saw him just now on the street. 5. in these present times; nowadays: Now you rarely see horse-drawn carriages. 6. under the present or existing circumstances; as matters stand: I see now what you meant. 7. (used to introduce a statement or question): Now, you don't really mean that. 8. (used to strengthen a command, entreaty, or the like): Now stop that! 9. now and again, occasionally. Also,now and then. 10. now that, inasmuch as; since: Now that she is rich and famous, she is constantly being besieged by appeals for aid.
—conj. inasmuch as; since: Now you're here, why not stay for dinner?
—n. the present time or moment: Up to now no one has volunteered.
—adj. up-to-the-minute; encompassing the latest ideas, fads, or fashions: the now look; the now generation.
1. See National Organization for Women. 2. Banking.negotiable order of withdrawal.