AskDefine | Define nowadays

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nowadays n : the period of time that is happening now; any continuous stretch of time including the moment of speech; "that is enough for the present"; "he lives in the present with no thought of tomorrow" [syn: present] adv : 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: now, today]

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  • /ˈna.ʊə.deɪz/
  • /"naU@%deIz/


  1. In these days; at the present time.
    Work that was once done by hands is often done by machine nowadays.


  • Late 1300’s: — Geoffrey Chaucer : Wit that men have now a days
  • 1594 — Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream v 5
    and yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together now-a-days.
  • Late 1700’s: — David Garrick : What men of spirit, nowadays, Come to give sober judgment of new plays?


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