pre·​sen·​ta·​tion | \ ˌprē-ˌzen-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce presentation (audio) , ˌpre-zᵊn-, ˌprē-zᵊn- How to pronounce presentation (audio) \

Definition of presentation

1a : 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)

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Other Words from presentation

presentational \ ˌprē-​ˌzen-​ˈtā-​shnəl How to pronounce presentational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl , ˌpre-​zᵊn-​ , ˌprē-​zᵊn-​ \ adjective

Examples of presentation in a Sentence

The charts and graphs helped me understand the presentation. She will take your questions after she has made her presentation. The senior accountant gave a presentation at the meeting. The presentation of the food made it look very appetizing. The choir sang during the presentation of the gifts.
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Recent Examples on the Web Phoenix Suns team owner/managing partner Robert Sarver talks about the upcoming arena renovations after a presentation at Phoenix Convention Center. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Phoenix Suns unveil plans for Talking Stick Resort Arena makeover," 22 Nov. 2019 Dwight Brown, whose daughter LaQuita Brown was killed, said after Wednesday’s presentation that independent investigators failed to talk to him during their probe. Washington Post, "Probe offers no clear answers for Virginia mass shooting," 14 Nov. 2019 Books will be available for purchase and signing after the author's presentation. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Bay Village residents invited to ‘Dessert and Dialogue’ event Nov. 19: West Shore Chatter," 12 Nov. 2019 In a brief, moderated question-and-answer session after Wojcicki’s presentation, Wojcicki’s own journalism students from Palo Alto High School also spoke and corroborated Wojcicki’s teaching methods. Wired, "Esther Wojcicki on How to Raise Successful People," 11 Nov. 2019 After Ragsdale’s presentation, the lights went down. Colin Campbell,, "Neighbors disavow racist opposition to Morgan State, a century after trying to keep college out of Northeast Baltimore," 7 Nov. 2019 After the kickoff presentation, representatives of Hope Impacts and The Arc of Katy talked of increasing needs. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "#GivingTuesdayKaty spotlights nonprofits," 4 Nov. 2019 After an emotional presentation, the auditorium eagerly awaits the next inductee., "90min's Premier League Hall of Fame: Class of 2013," 24 Oct. 2019 From there, the Pressure Drop sailed on to Edinburgh, then down to London, where Vescovo received a standing ovation after a presentation at the Royal Geographical Society. Susan Casey, Outside Online, "One Man's Wild Quest to Reach the Bottom of Every Ocean," 22 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of presentation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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29 Nov 2019

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“Presentation.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 10 December 2019.

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How to pronounce presentation (audio) How to pronounce presentation (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of presentation

: 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


pre·​sen·​ta·​tion | \ ˌprē-ˌzen-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce presentation (audio) , ˌpre-zᵊn- \

Kids Definition of presentation

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


pre·​sen·​ta·​tion | \ ˌprē-ˌzen-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce presentation (audio) , ˌprez-ᵊn- How to pronounce presentation (audio) \

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 symptom or group of symptoms evident or disclosed by a patient upon physical examination But the most common clinical presentation is unexplained febrile illness, sometimes with pneumonia and/or hepatitis.— Rebecca Voelker
4 : a formal oral report of a patient's medical history

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