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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In 2016, Neuberger made a presentation to Tim and Mary Starr, the top executives of The Starr Group, one of the Milwaukee area’s largest independent insurance agencies, in Greenfield. Steve Jagler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Jagler: The Cold Call Coach helps salespeople maximize their first impression with prospective customers," 13 July 2018 The Rays, now in their 21st season in the American League, made the presentation partly to solicit corporate support. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty's Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds might be lucky AND good," 11 July 2018 The Rays, now in their 21st season in the American League, made the presentation partly to solicit corporate support. Dick Scanlon, chicagotribune.com, "Rays propose a $900M stadium in Tampa with a translucent roof," 11 July 2018 The Rays, now in their 21st season in the American League, made the presentation partly to solicit corporate support. Dick Scanlon, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Rays propose new stadium in Tampa's Ybor City with translucent roof," 10 July 2018 That day, the students divided into smaller groups and made presentations in front of the class. New York Times, "‘Are We Going to Die Today?’ Inside a Parkland Classroom as Bullets Flew," 6 June 2018 To mark the 350th anniversary, Mayor Kenneth Gray will host a ceremony at 11 a.m. at Amesbury City Hall, Special guests from Amesbury, England, will make a presentation. Kathy Shiels Tully, BostonGlobe.com, "A heartfelt version of ‘Calendar Girls’ in Stoneham," 25 May 2018 Local bug experts will answer questions and several educational booths will offer entertaining presentations. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Lions Club member receives fellowship award ...community news," 14 July 2018 Grimmette’s hour-long library presentation on Saturday will be preceded by a 20-minute concert by the Sounds of Joshua Community Praise Choir performing songs about equality and justice, Nambiar said. Janene Holzberg, baltimoresun.com, "For Gambrills resident Bill Grimmette, portrayal of Frederick Douglass pays homage to a pioneer of justice," 13 July 2018

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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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