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.
Recent Examples on the Web In a recent investor presentation, Chevron highlighted the potential to buy back 25% of its shares outstanding if Brent averages at $75/bbl in the next five years. Trefis Team, Forbes, 19 May 2022 The Eye network still took the lead in the presentation. Michael Schneider, Variety, 18 May 2022 William was appointed Colonel on the Irish Guards in 2011 and takes part in the presentation of new colors., 17 May 2022 In a video presentation Thursday to the airline’s frequent flyers, Minicucci owned up to the cancellations. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, 14 May 2022 In a presentation, Son acknowledged the losses and pledged to start taking a more conservative approach. Julia Horowitz, CNN, 13 May 2022 In a presentation last week to the Commissioners Court, former Councilman Bobby Perez, the chief legal counsel of Spurs Sports & Entertainment, said the organization looks forward to spending the next 50 years in this city. Gilbert Garcia, San Antonio Express-News, 10 May 2022 In a presentation of Haida carvings, for instance, there is a discussion of the End of Mourning Ceremony, which is held to release the spirit of the deceased a year or more after death. New York Times, 5 May 2022 She was presented with the award in a surprise morning presentation at school May 4. Hank Beckman, Chicago Tribune, 5 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of presentation

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

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23 May 2022

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“Presentation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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