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present

verb

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(Entry 1 of 4)

1 to bring before the public in performance or exhibition
  • we will present a performance of Our Town tomorrow evening

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2 to make (one person) known (to another) socially
  • may I present my niece Sarah?

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3 to make a present of
  • the company presented a gold watch to him on the occasion of his retirement

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present

adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms of present (Entry 2 of 4)

2 being within the confines of a specified place
  • all of you are required to be present for every meeting

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present

noun (1)

Synonyms & Antonyms of present (Entry 3 of 4)

the time currently existing or in progress
  • I cannot talk to you at present, but perhaps in a few minutes

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present

noun (2)

Synonyms & Antonyms of present (Entry 4 of 4)

something given to someone without expectation of a return
  • an impressive array of presents for the bride and groom

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Frequently Asked Questions About present

How does the verb present contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of present are afford, bestow, confer, donate, and give. While all these words mean "to convey to another as a possession," present carries a note of formality and ceremony.

present an award

In what contexts can afford take the place of present?

The words afford and present are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, afford implies a giving or bestowing usually as a natural or legitimate consequence of the character of the giver.

the trees afford shade

a development that affords us some hope

When might bestow be a better fit than present?

While in some cases nearly identical to present, bestow implies the conveying of something as a gift and may suggest condescension on the part of the giver.

bestow unwanted advice

When is it sensible to use confer instead of present?

In some situations, the words confer and present are roughly equivalent. However, confer implies a gracious giving (as of a favor or honor).

confer an honorary degree

Where would donate be a reasonable alternative to present?

The synonyms donate and present are sometimes interchangeable, but donate is likely to imply a publicized giving (as to charity).

donate a piano to the orphanage

When could give be used to replace present?

While the synonyms give and present are close in meaning, give, the general term, is applicable to any passing over of anything by any means.

give alms

gave her a ride on a pony

give my love to your mother

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The first known use of present was in the 13th century

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“Present.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/present. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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