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 Twitter previewed the idea during a virtual presentation to Wall Street investment analysts. NBC News, "Twitter is exploring a subscription option called 'super follows'," 25 Feb. 2021 The streaming service announced a slew of release dates during Wednesday's TCA presentation, setting spring and summer premieres for Loki, Star Wars: The Bad Batch, and more. Devan Coggan,, "Disney+ unveils premiere dates for Loki, Star Wars: The Bad Batch," 24 Feb. 2021 During the presentation, CBS Entertainment Group Chief Executive George Cheeks touted the company’s slate of sports rights, including National Football League games, and CBSN, its live-streaming digital news service. Benjamin Mullin, WSJ, "ViacomCBS Shortens Theatrical Window for Paramount+ Streaming Service," 24 Feb. 2021 The streaming network announced that the Real Housewives series was back in development during a February 17 TCA presentation. Justin Curto, Vulture, "Peacock Is Reheating The Real Housewives of Miami," 17 Feb. 2021 During a virtual presentation last month on the St. James site, Everett Fly, a co-founder of the San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum, said the church is connected to clergy leaders who became bishops in the national AME Church. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, "Final public meeting set on historic Black church site on San Pedro Creek in San Antonio," 15 Feb. 2021 And last December, during a presentation for Disney investors, Feige alluded to larger plans to absorb the Fox Marvel universe into the Disney mainline continuity. Adam Rogers, Wired, "WandaVision Brought the Multiverse to Marvel," 11 Feb. 2021 The request came during a council presentation on panhandling in Dallas. Everton Bailey Jr., Dallas News, "‘Beyond problematic’: Panhandling needs more enforcement in Dallas, some council members say," 3 Feb. 2021 Some Republican senators considered Mr. Biden receptive to their proposals, but said his chief of staff, Ron Klain, shook his head dismissively during the Republicans’ presentation, according to a participant in the meeting. New York Times, "Democrats Speed Ahead on Economic Aid Package," 2 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of presentation

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

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28 Feb 2021

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“Presentation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 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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