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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Just reserve them for once or twice a week as a reward for things like acing that big presentation or making it through the longest Monday ever—and stick with a single serving. Marygrace Taylor, Woman's Day, "4 Heart-Healthy Diet Changes Every Woman Should Make," 1 May 2019 Obviously, your teacher will appreciate your attention to detail and presentation. Noelle Devoe, Seventeen, "19 Things Every Student Tries To Make Their Paper Seem Longer Than It Actually Is," 15 Apr. 2019 The news came as a surprise to anyone expecting a public presentation just outside the hospital almost immediately after the birth. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Meghan Markle's Actually Following in Queen Elizabeth's Footsteps for Her Birth Plan," 11 Apr. 2019 The workspace, Allyson says, is open for private appointments and client meetings and presentations during and outside of regular business hours. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "There's an Incredible Story Behind Serena & Lily's Flagship Store," 9 Apr. 2019 Yes, the contents of a present itself are important, but presentation matters. Emily Chiu, Redbook, "Why I Never Put Christmas Presents In Gift Bags," 5 Nov. 2018 Texas Rose Rustlers Summer Event 11 a.m. Bill Welch presentation and book sale. Houston Chronicle, "Garden events," 13 July 2018 Fraser, who regularly gives presentations on innovation in Silicon Valley, remembers coming of age during a time when strong women like Anita Hill, Marcia Clark, and Hillary Clinton landed under the harshest glare of a microscope. Jenna Birch, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Secret Code to Success Most Women Don't Even Know Exists," 3 Apr. 2019 After a runway presentation of the latest collection for Dundas, guests dined on a family-style dinner by chef Shirley Chung. Cameron Bird, Vogue, "Kris Jenner, Jennifer Garner, Rooney Mara, and More Attend The Art of Elysium’s Heaven," 10 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of presentation

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

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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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