French translation of 'now'
1. (= at the present time) maintenant
What are you doing now? Qu’est-ce que tu fais maintenant ?
They’ve been married now for 30 years. Cela fait maintenant 30 ans qu’ils sont mariés.
Now is the time to tell her all about it. C’est le moment de tout lui raconter.
right now tout de suite
by now à l’heure qu’il est
He should be there by now. Il doit être arrivé à l’heure qu’il est.
It should be ready by now. Ça devrait être déjà prêt.
just now (= at the moment) en ce moment
That’s the fashion just now. C’est la mode en ce moment. ⧫ C’est la mode maintenant.
I’m rather busy just now. Je suis très occupé en ce moment.(= very soon) tout de suite
I’ll read it just now. Je vais le lire tout de suite.(= very recently)
I saw her just now. Je viens de la voir. ⧫ Je l’ai vue à l’instant.
I did it just now. Je viens de le faire.
from now on dorénavant
in 3 days from now dans trois jours ⧫ d’ici trois jours
between now and Monday d’ici lundi ⧫ d’ici à lundi
that’s all for now c’est tout pour l’instant
any day now d’un jour à l’autre
any moment now d’un moment à l’autre
any time now d’un moment à l’autre
it’s now or never c’est maintenant ou jamais
now and then de temps en temps
now and again de temps en temps
every now and then, every now and again de temps en temps
2. (= nowadays) maintenant
Most schoolchildren now own calculators. Maintenant la plupart des écoliers ont des calculatrices.
3. (in stories or accounts of the past) (= then) maintenant
She felt a little better now. Elle se sentait un peu mieux maintenant.
By now it was completely dark outside. Il faisait maintenant complètement noir dehors.
4. (used to attract somebody’s attention) bon
Now, let’s get down to brass tacks. Bon, passons aux choses sérieuses.
Now, I hadn’t told him this, so he must have found out for himself. Je ne le lui avais pas dit, donc il a dû s’en apercevoir tout seul.
now then (to attract attention) bon, alors
Now then, who’s for a cup of tea? Bon alors, qui veut une tasse de thé ?(as friendly warning) allons, allons
Now then, no unpleasantness, please. Allons allons, ne soyez pas désagréables, s’il vous plaît.
now, now (= there there) allons, allons
“I figure it’s all over.” — “Now, now. You did just fine.” « Je suppose que c’est bel et bien fini. » - Mais non, voyons. Tu as été très bien. »(as friendly warning) allons, allons
Now, now Roger, I’m sure you didn’t mean it but that remark was in poor taste. Allons, allons, Roger ! Je suis sûr que tu ne l’as pas fait exprès, mais ton commentaire était de mauvais goût.
5. (used to give emphasis to a request or command)
Now will you close my door on your way out. Tu fermeras la porte en sortant, hein ?
Now, don’t worry about anything. Allez, ne te fais pas de souci.
come on now allez, allez
now (that) maintenant que
Now he’s feeling better, he can go back to work.,Now that he’s feeling better, he can go back to work. Maintenant qu’il se sent mieux, il peut reprendre le travail.
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Example Sentences Including 'now'
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It is now 15 years since that terrible day.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Now it becomes clear that any number of politicians are in the frame.Times, Sunday Times (2006)
The merger could now face months of delays.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
The option of share buybacks looks tricky just now because of notional losses on recent buybacks.Times, Sunday Times (2017)
There was little finesse now used to clear an area.BLACK KNIGHTS: On the Bloody Road to Baghdad (2003)
Now is the time to plant asparagus for a crop next year.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
Now it is time to focus on the power of vegetables.Times, Sunday Times (2017)
Now she says she wants us to be together, that it was all down to stress.The Sun (2010)
Right now that sounds a fair bit more appealing than dodging wildebeest.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
The web is all about the now.Times, Sunday Times (2014)
What does the world need right now?Times, Sunday Times (2016)
What will my life look like now?Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Now you should go home and sleep.The Broken God (1993)
But it is now 112 games since his last league goal.The Sun (2012)
Now they are just three points above the drop zone.The Sun (2014)
These horses now have to take the next step.Times, Sunday Times (2009)
We need to go on a run now.The Sun (2016)
You look around here and most of the people have got a smile on their faces now.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
Now you can use them at home to give a rosy hue to your festive champagne.Times, Sunday Times (2007)
What is now easy used to be difficult.Times, Sunday Times (2017)
You may step now directly to your cars.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
That offer you waited for may now come through.The Sun (2016)
The curfew is now back in place in three areas.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
They are now back behind bars where they belong.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
They are now on the run.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
She was off work for one year but is now fully recovered and has a beautiful daughter.Times, Sunday Times (2006)
We now find ourselves looking for hope.Christianity Today (2000)
You imply the other person must now agree with you.Coping with Stress at Work (1988)
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'now' in Other Languages
British English: now /naʊ/ ADVERB
You use now to talk about the present time.
I must go now.
- American English: now
- Arabic: الآن
- Brazilian Portuguese: agora
- Chinese: 现在
- Croatian: sada
- Czech: nyní
- Danish: nu
- Dutch: nu
- European Spanish: ahora
- Finnish: nyt
- French: maintenant
- German: jetzt
- Greek: τώρα
- Italian: ora
- Japanese: 今
- Korean: 지금
- Norwegian: nå
- Polish: teraz
- European Portuguese: agora
- Romanian: acum
- Russian: сейчас
- Spanish: ahora
- Swedish: nu
- Thai: เดี๋ยวนี้
- Turkish: şimdi
- Ukrainian: тепер
- Vietnamese: bây giờ
Translation of now from the Collins English to French Dictionary
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