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present

noun pres·ent \ ˈpre-zᵊnt \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of present

: something presented : gift

Origin and Etymology of present

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from presenter


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present

verb pre·sent \ pri-ˈzent \

Definition of present

transitive verb
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 (something, such as a play) before the public
2 : to make a gift to
3 : to give or bestow formally
4 a : to lay (something, such as a charge) before a court as an object of inquiry
b : to bring a formal public charge, indictment, or presentment against
5 : to nominate to a benefice
6 a : to offer to view : show
b : to bring to one's attention
  • this presents a problem
7 : to act the part of : perform
8 : to aim, point, or direct (something, such as a weapon) so as to face something or in a particular direction
intransitive verb
1 : to present a weapon
2 : to become manifest
3 : to come forward as a patient
4 : to make a presentation

presenter

noun

Examples of present in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology of present

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

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

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present

adjective pres·ent \ ˈpre-zᵊnt \

Definition of present

1 : now existing or in progress
2 a : being in view or at hand
b : existing in something mentioned or under consideration
3 : constituting the one actually involved, at hand, or being considered
4 : of, relating to, or constituting a verb tense that is expressive of present time or the time of speaking
5 obsolete : attentive
6 archaic : instant, immediate

presentness

noun

Examples of present in a Sentence

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

  2. I am very busy at the present moment.

Origin and Etymology 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


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present

noun pres·ent \ ˈpre-zᵊnt \

Definition of present

1 a obsolete : present occasion or affair
b presents plural : the present words or statements; specifically : the legal instrument or other writing in which these words are used
2 a : the present tense of a language
b : a verb form in the present tense
3 : the present time
at present
: at or during this time : now

First Known Use of present

14th century


PRESENT Defined for English Language Learners

present

verb

Definition of present for English Language Learners

  • : 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


present

adjective

Definition of present for English Language Learners

  • : 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


PRESENT Defined for Kids

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present

noun pres·ent \ ˈpre-zᵊnt \

Definition of present for Students

: something given : gift
  • a birthday present

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present

verb pre·sent \ pri-ˈzent \

Definition of present for Students

presented; presenting
1 : to give with ceremony
  • Officials presented the award.
2 : to make a gift to
  • He presented me with a ring.
3 : to bring before the public
  • present a play
4 : to introduce one person to another
  • I'd like to present my sister.
5 : to appear in a particular place
  • Come out—present yourself!
6 : to offer to view : show, display
  • You must present identification.
7 : to come into or cause to come into being
  • An opportunity presented itself.

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present

adjective pres·ent \ ˈpre-zᵊnt \

Definition of present for Students

1 : not past or future : now going on
  • What is your present position?
2 : being at a certain place and not elsewhere
  • All students are present.
3 : pointing out or relating to time that is not past or future

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present

noun pres·ent \ ˈpre-zᵊnt \

Definition of present for Students

: the time right now

Medical Dictionary

present

transitive verb pre·sent \ pri-ˈzent \

medical Definition of present

: to show or manifest
  • patients who present symptoms of malaria
intransitive verb
1 a : 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
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

Law Dictionary

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present

transitive verb pre·sent \ pri-ˈzent \

legal Definition of present

1 : to lay before a court as an object of consideration
  • present a complaint
  • presented a defense of insanity
2 : to make a presentment of (an instrument)

presentation

play \ˌprē-ˌzen-ˈtā-shən, ˌpre-, -zən-\ noun

presenter

noun

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present

adjective pres·ent \ ˈpre-zənt \

legal Definition of present

1 : now existing
  • a present undivided interest in the property
  • a present ability to pay
2 : constituting the one actually involved or being considered
  • the present case
3 : being in attendance : being in one place and not elsewhere
  • no person shall be convicted without the concurrence of two thirds of the members present
  • U.S. Constitution art. I


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