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[nou-uh-deyz] /ˈnaʊ əˌdeɪz/
adverb
1.
at the present day; in these times:
Few people do their laundry by hand nowadays.
noun
2.
the present:
The kitchens of nowadays are much more efficient than when I was a boy.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English nou adaies; see now, a-1, day, -s1
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Examples for nowadays
  • With the rare spine-chilling exception, actors playing ghosts nowadays play it for humor.
  • nowadays this study gives an exact migratory record of my paternal line, and puts aside old misconceptions on this matter.
  • He doubts that he would or could take the same photograph nowadays.
  • Maximizing space in overcrowded cities is a key value in construction projects nowadays.
  • nowadays fireplaces are not always practical, often producing more draft than heat.
  • Technology nowadays is supposed to be disruptive-in a good way- so let it disrupt your summer vacation.
  • nowadays he and his cohorts face mounting challenges from without and within.
  • nowadays the neighborhood is known for being notoriously yuppie.
  • nowadays everything in the media world gets tracked, tagged and mapped.
  • nowadays it is difficult to find anyone outside the tobacco industry who does not acknowledge that smoking is hazardous.
British Dictionary definitions for nowadays

nowadays

/ˈnaʊəˌdeɪz/
adverb
1.
in these times
Word Origin
C14: from now + adays from Old English a on + dæges genitive of day
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Word Origin and History for nowadays
adv.

late 14c., contracted from Middle English nou adayes (mid-14c.), from now + adayes "during the day," with adverbial genitive (see day).

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