presentation

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

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 , -​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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Today’s Royal gathering for the second annual presentation of Her Majesty the Queen’s recognition of a young designer began with a minute’s silence to remember Karl Lagerfeld. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "The Duchess of Cornwall Presents the Second Queen Elizabeth II Award for Design to Bethany Williams," 19 Feb. 2019 Thus the journal removes the author’s motivations, conflicts of interests, and worldview from the presentation of a potentially controversial idea. Ars Technica, "The Journal of Controversial Ideas—academic freedom sans responsibility is reckless," 25 Nov. 2018 Next: The team is working to bring this dashboard to more locations, according to former project leader Idriss Ait-Bouziad’s presentation of the work at an MSF conference last year. Mallory Locklear, Discover Magazine, "With Big Data and Predictive Analytics, Scientists Are Getting Smarter About Outbreaks," 8 Nov. 2018 The stereotypical presentation of a child with ADHD used to involve a hyperactive boy running around and disrupting class. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Why Are So Many More Children Being Diagnosed With ADHD Today?," 24 Sep. 2018 Doing another presentation of my new cookbook - Comfort Food Shortcuts today on QVC. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Over 135,000 People Have Pre-Ordered David Venable's New Cookbook on QVC," 13 Aug. 2018 After the first showing at 10 a.m. local time, an announcer said Lagerfeld would appear for the second presentation at noon. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Karl Lagerfeld Missed the Final Bow at the Chanel Couture Shows," 22 Jan. 2019 The manner of presentation depends on where exactly the dermoid cyst is. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Did You Know Dermoid Cysts Can Have Hair, Skin, and TEETH?," 15 Jan. 2019 Watching the trophy presentation was Alex Nakajima, the general manager at Kapalua Resort, whose view is much longer than 18 months. Doug Ferguson, The Seattle Times, "Xander the Great: Schauffele joins golf’s rising generation," 7 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of presentation

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

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presentation

noun

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

presentation

noun
pre·​sen·​ta·​tion | \ ˌprē-ˌzen-ˈtā-shən , 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

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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