present perfect

adjective

Definition of present perfect

: of, relating to, or constituting a verb tense that is traditionally formed in English with have and a past participle and that expresses an action or state begun in the past and completed at the time of speaking (as in "I have finished") or continuing in the present (as in "We have lived here for several years")

Other Words from present perfect

present perfect noun

First Known Use of present perfect

1887, in the meaning defined above

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“Present perfect.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/present%20perfect. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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