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noun pres·ent \ˈpre-zənt\

Definition of present

  1. :  something presented :  gift

Origin of present

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from presenter

First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with present



verb pre·sent \pri-ˈzent\

Simple Definition of present

  • : to give something to someone in a formal way or in a ceremony

  • : to formally talk about (something you have written, studied, etc.) to a group of people

  • : to make (something) available to be used or considered

Full Definition of present

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a (1) :  to bring or introduce into the presence of someone especially of superior rank or status (2) :  to introduce socially b :  to bring (as a play) before the public

  3. 2 :  to make a gift to

  4. 3 :  to give or bestow formally

  5. 4 a :  to lay (as a charge) before a court as an object of inquiry b :  to bring a formal public charge, indictment, or presentment against

  6. 5 :  to nominate to a benefice

  7. 6 a :  to offer to view :  show b :  to bring to one's attention <this presents a problem>

  8. 7 :  to act the part of :  perform

  9. 8 :  to aim, point, or direct (as a weapon) so as to face something or in a particular direction

  10. intransitive verb
  11. 1 :  to present a weapon

  12. 2 :  to become manifest

  13. 3 :  to come forward as a patient

  14. 4 :  to make a presentation

pre·sent·er noun

Examples of present

  1. He presented the queen with a diamond necklace.

  2. He was presented with a medal at the ceremony.

  3. She presented a check for $5,000 to the charity.

  4. The scientist presented his results to the committee.

  5. She will be presenting a paper on methods for teaching ESL at the conference.

  6. What time will you be presenting?

  7. An offer was presented for our consideration.

  8. The Main Street Theater Company is presenting Shakespeare's Othello next month.

  9. The museum is presenting an exhibition of paintings by Monet.

Origin of present

Middle English, from Anglo-French presenter, from Latin praesentare, from praesent-, praesens, adjective

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of present

give, present, donate, bestow, confer, afford mean to convey to another as a possession. give, the general term, is applicable to any passing over of anything by any means <give alms> <gave her a ride on a pony> <give my love to your mother>. present carries a note of formality and ceremony <present an award>. donate is likely to imply a publicized giving (as to charity) <donate a piano to the orphanage>. bestow implies the conveying of something as a gift and may suggest condescension on the part of the giver <bestow unwanted advice>. confer implies a gracious giving (as of a favor or honor) <confer an honorary degree>. afford implies a giving or bestowing usually as a natural or legitimate consequence of the character of the giver <the trees afford shade> <a development that affords us some hope>.



adjective pres·ent \ˈpre-zənt\

Simple Definition of present

  • : not past or future : existing or happening now

  • —used to say what someone or something is now

  • : at the particular place or event that is being referred to

Full Definition of present

  1. 1 :  now existing or in progress

  2. 2 a :  being in view or at hand b :  existing in something mentioned or under consideration

  3. 3 :  constituting the one actually involved, at hand, or being considered

  4. 4 :  of, relating to, or constituting a verb tense that is expressive of present time or the time of speaking

  5. 5 obsolete :  attentive

  6. 6 archaic :  instant, immediate

pres·ent·ness noun

Examples of present

  1. The game has existed in its present form for more than 300 years.

  2. <I am very busy at the present moment.>

Origin of present

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin praesent-, praesens, from present participle of praeesse to be before one, from prae- pre- + esse to be — more at is

First Known Use: 14th century



noun pres·ent \ˈpre-zənt\

Definition of present

  1. 1 a obsolete :  present occasion or affair b plural :  the present words or statements; specifically :  the legal instrument or other writing in which these words are used

  2. 2 a :  the present tense of a language b :  a verb form in the present tense

  3. 3 :  the present time

at present
  1. :  at or during this time :  now

14th Century

First Known Use of present

14th century

Medical Dictionary


transitive verb pre·sent \pri-ˈzent\

Medical Definition of present

  1. :  to show or manifest <patients who present symptoms of malaria>

  2. intransitive verb

  3. 1a:  to become manifest <Lyme disease often presents with erythema migrans, fatigue, fever, and chills>b:  to come forward as a patient <he presented with grossly swollen ankles and large varicose veins—T. E. Greene>

  4. 2:  to become directed toward the opening of the uterus—used of a fetus or a part of a fetus <babies which present by breech—Year Book of Obstetrics & Gynecology>

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