present meaning

[ pri'zent ] Pronunciation:   "present" in a sentence
Verb: present  pri'zent
  1. Give an exhibition of to an interested audience
    - show, demo, exhibit, demonstrate, showcase 
  2. Bring forward and present to the mind
    "We presented the arguments to him"
    - represent, lay out 
  3. Perform (a play), especially on a stage
    - stage, represent 
  4. Hand over formally
    - submit 
  5. Introduce
    - pose 
  6. Give, especially as an honour or reward
    - award 
  7. Give as a present; make a gift of
    - give, gift 
  8. Deliver (a speech, oration, or idea)
    "The commencement speaker presented a forceful speech that impressed the students"
    - deliver 
  9. Cause to come to know personally
    - introduce, acquaint 
  10. Represent abstractly, for example in a painting, drawing, or sculpture
    - portray 
  11. Present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize
    - confront, face 
  12. Formally present a debutante, a representative of a country, etc. 
  13. Recognize with a gesture prescribed by a military regulation; assume a prescribed position
    - salute
Adjective: present  prezunt
  1. Temporal sense; intermediate between past and future; now existing or happening or in consideration
    "the present leader"; "articles for present use"; "the present topic"; "the present system"; "present observations" 
  2. Being or existing in a specified place
    "the murderer is present in this room"; "present at the wedding"; "present at the creation"
Noun: present  prezunt
  1. The period of time that is happening now; any continuous stretch of time including the moment of speech
    "that is enough for the present"; "he lives in the present with no thought of tomorrow"
    - nowadays 
  2. Something presented as a gift
    "his tie was a present from his wife"
    - prezzie [Brit], pressie [Brit] 
  3. A verb tense that expresses actions or states at the time of speaking
    - present tense

Derived forms: presents, presenting, presented

See also: attendant, ever-present, existing, here, immediate, inst, instant, latter-day, naturally occurring, omnipresent, presence, presentation, presenter, presently, presentment, presentness, timing, ubiquitous

Type of: allocate, apportion, be, comprise, constitute, gift, give, greet, inform, interpret, make up, mouth, recognise [Brit], recognize, re-create, represent, say, show, speak, state, talk, tell, tense, time, utter, verbalise [Brit], verbalize

Antonym: absent, future, past

Encyclopedia: Present

verb [+ obj]


to show or offer sth for other people to consider:

The business plan will be presented to the board on Thursday.

You must excite people in the way you present your ideas.

The company will this week present its creditors with a last-ditch attempt at survival.

Companies face big changes in the way they present their financial statements.


to give sb a cheque or bill that they should pay:

A cheque presented by Mr Jones was returned by the bank.

We were presented with a huge bill for repairs.

vt : to show or manifest ‹patients who present symptoms of malaria›
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a : to become manifest ‹Lyme disease often presents with erythema chronicum migrans, fatigue, fever, and chills› ‹in other instances the first teeth do not present before 10 months and even one year —H. R. Litchfield & L. H. Dembo›
b : to come forward as a patient ‹he presented with grossly swollen ankles and large varicose veins —T. E. Greene›
2 : to become directed toward the opening of the uterus —used of a fetus or a part of a fetus ‹premature babies which present by breech —Yr. Bk. of Obstetrics & Gynecology


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  1. there are at present four television channels.
  2. there were ten present not including myself.
  3. she buys her xmas presents on layaway.
  4. two hundred odd were present at the meeting.
  5. you are earnestly requested to be present at the party.

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