present tense

noun

Definition of present tense

:the tense of a verb that expresses action or state in the present time and is used of what occurs or is true at the time of speaking and of what is habitual or characteristic or is always or necessarily true, that is sometimes used to refer to action in the past, and that is sometimes used for future events

First Known Use of present tense

14th century


PRESENT TENSE Defined for English Language Learners

present tense

noun

Definition of present tense for English Language Learners

  • : a verb tense that is used to refer to the present


PRESENT TENSE Defined for Kids

present tense

noun

Definition of present tense for Students

:a verb tense that expresses action or state in the present time and is used of what is true at the time of speaking or is always true


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