1. [ adverb ] in these times
Synonyms: now today

"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"

2. [ noun ] the period of time that is happening now; any continuous stretch of time including the moment of speech
Synonyms: present

"that is enough for the present" "he lives in the present with no thought of tomorrow"

Related terms: time today date times now tonight here_and_now time_being