presentation

noun pre·sen·ta·tion \ ˌprē-ˌzen-ˈtā-shən , ˌpre-zᵊn- , ˌprē-zᵊn- \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of presentation

1 a : the act of presenting
b : the act, power, or privilege especially of a patron of applying to the bishop or ordinary for instituting someone into a benefice
2 : something presented: such as
a : a symbol or image that represents something
b : something offered or given : gift
c : something set forth for the attention of the mind
d : a descriptive or persuasive account (as by a salesman of a product)
e : a symptom or group of symptoms observed or detected upon initial examination or disclosed by a patient to the physician
  • clinical presentation of appendicitis
3 : the position in which the fetus lies in the uterus in labor with respect to the opening of the uterus
4 : an immediate object of perception, cognition, or memory
5 often capitalized : a church feast on November 21 celebrating the presentation of the Virgin Mary in the temple
6 : the method by which radio, navigation, or radar information is given to the operator (such as the pilot of an airplane)

presentational

play \ˌprē-ˌzen-ˈtā-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl, ˌpre-zᵊn-, ˌprē-zᵊn-\ adjective

Examples of presentation in a Sentence

  1. The charts and graphs helped me understand the presentation.

  2. She will take your questions after she has made her presentation.

  3. The senior accountant gave a presentation at the meeting.

  4. The presentation of the food made it look very appetizing.

  5. The choir sang during the presentation of the gifts.

Recent Examples of presentation from the Web

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First Known Use of presentation

15th century


PRESENTATION Defined for English Language Learners

presentation

noun

Definition of presentation for English Language Learners

  • : an activity in which someone shows, describes, or explains something to a group of people

  • : the way in which something is arranged, designed, etc. : the way in which something is presented

  • : the act of giving something to someone in a formal way or in a ceremony


PRESENTATION Defined for Kids

presentation

noun pre·sen·ta·tion \ ˌprē-ˌzen-ˈtā-shən , ˌpre-zᵊn- \

Definition of presentation for Students

1 : an act of showing, describing, or explaining something to a group of people
2 : an act of giving a gift or award
3 : something given

Medical Dictionary

presentation

noun pre·sen·ta·tion \ ˌprē-ˌzen-ˈtā-shən , ˌprez-ᵊn- \

medical Definition of presentation

1 : the position in which the fetus lies in the uterus in labor with respect to the opening of the uterus
  • face presentation
  • a breech presentation
2 : appearance in conscious experience either as a sensory product or as a memory image
3 : a presenting symptom or group of symptoms
  • clinical presentation of arthritis
4 : a formal oral report of a patient's medical history


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