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 presentation (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 Tally up your reviews on flavor, texture, presentation, and ordering experience. Stefanie Groner, Glamour, "17 At Home Date Ideas to Get You Out of Your Netflix Rut," 24 Dec. 2020 According to Newsweek, the tweets misinterpreted the presentation, which was made before final decisions had been made. Laura Furr Mericas, Chron, "Nate Silver thinks he has a better plan for a vaccine rollout," 20 Dec. 2020 The 50-page presentation, meant as the definitive plan to make humankind multi-planetary, was the culmination of von Braun’s life’s work. David W. Brown, WSJ, "For NASA, It Should Be Mars or Bust," 18 Dec. 2020 His public presentation of special counsel Robert Mueller's report — which detailed appalling wrongdoing on the president's part — was a master class in partisan spin, blurring the underlying misconduct amid a whirlwind of legalism and misdirection. Star Tribune, "Good riddance, Bill Barr," 17 Dec. 2020 The presentation, designed to bring Christmas cheer and to thank those veterans who could not receive in-person visits, is available on a DVD through the American Legion Post or on YouTube. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland, "Medina’s American Legion post offers virtual Christmas visit for veterans," 14 Dec. 2020 Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn with a free, open-air presentation of artwork made by 60 New Orleans and Gulf Coast artists. Staff Report,, "Light shows, art markets and other holiday events around the metro area," 9 Dec. 2020 Interpretive Naturalist Kate Caldwell hosts the livestream presentation, scheduled to run from noon to 12:45 p.m., on, with production assistance from Communications and Creative Services Manager Chad Merda. Dennis Sullivan,, "Want a low maintenance pet that recycles garbage? Try worms," 9 Dec. 2020 At one point, OUC board president Cesar Calvet expressed puzzlement over the disconnect between the utility’s staff presentation of the EIRP and the response by the community, especially over efficiency and residential solar power. Kevin Spear,, "OUC approves controversial clean-energy plan despite widespread community opposition," 8 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of presentation

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

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11 Jan 2021

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“Presentation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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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