presentation

noun
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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The July 16th issue of Forbes featured her insights about ethnic studies after her presentation at the 2019 Building Equitable Learning Environment (BELE) Network conference. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Someone San Diego Should Know: Ana De Almeida Amaral," 1 Sep. 2019 Roc Nation — home to Rihanna, DJ Khaled and other stars — has agreed to consult on and co-produce its entertainment presentations, including the Super Bowl halftime show. Jonathan Landrum Jr., chicagotribune.com, "Meek Mill and Meghan Trainor will perform at a free concert in Grant Park before the Bears season opener," 30 Aug. 2019 Roc Nation — home to Rihanna, DJ Khaled and other stars — has agreed to consult on and co-produce its entertainment presentations, including the Super Bowl halftime show. Jonathan Landrum Jr., BostonGlobe.com, "Meek Mill, Meghan Trainor to perform in free NFL pregame concert," 30 Aug. 2019 Most did not use the new names in their presentations at the Mimulus conference or the subsequent Evolution meeting. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Meet the monkeyflower, a weed that may hold the key to zebra stripes and other biological mysteries," 29 Aug. 2019 State corrections officials also included the cost study in their budget presentation to state lawmakers this past session, Levario said. oregonlive.com, "Multnomah County officials sound alarm on inadequate state funding for jail deputies, probation officers," 27 Aug. 2019 Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, welcomed the film’s co-writer and director Ryan Googled onstage for his presentation at the D23 Expo 2019 to announce that the next installment of franchise will hit U.S. theaters on May 6, 2022. Paula Rogo, Essence, "The 'Black Panther' Sequel is Set For A Summer 2022 Release," 25 Aug. 2019 But the company wasn’t taking any chances during its nearly two-hour presentation at the Anaheim Convention Center. Ryan Faughnderstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "How Disney+ is being pitched to the studio’s biggest fans at D23 Expo," 23 Aug. 2019 Her presentation included statistics from the Food and Drug Administration, stating about that 4.9 million middle and high school students nationally use some form of tobacco. Andrew J. Campa, Burbank Leader, "Vaping ‘epidemic’ prompts Burbank Unified forum," 23 Aug. 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 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

presentation

noun
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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