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present noun ( SOMETHING GIVEN )

  • present The coat was a birthday present from my sister.
  • gift I have a small gift for you.
  • donation After the earthquake, donations poured in from all over the world.
  • grant Students receive a grant equal to £250 per month.
  • contribution She wanted to make a financial contribution to the family.
  • We're having a collection for Tom's retirement present.
  • They got an entire set of silver cutlery as a wedding present.
  • I was looking for a birthday present for my mother but I didn't find anything suitable .
  • Aren't you going to unwrap your presents?
  • The children squealed in delight when they saw all the presents under the Christmas tree .
  • Christmas box
  • Christmas stocking
  • secret Santa
  • stocking filler

present noun ( NOW )

  • I'm usually too immersed in the present to worry about the future .
  • Let's talk about the present.
  • contemporaneity
  • contemporarily
  • contemporary
  • in this day and age idiom
  • the status quo
  • there's no time like the present idiom
  • this minute idiom

present adjective ( IN A PLACE )

  • Mind your language - there are ladies present!
  • Is it necessary for all of us to be present at the meeting this afternoon ?
  • Melanin is the dark brown pigment of the hair , skin , and eyes that is present in varying amounts in every human being.
  • More men are present at the births of their children these days .
  • There ought to be an adult present at all times , when there are young children in the pool .
  • be in at the kill idiom
  • in the flesh idiom
  • kick around
  • seropositive
  • sit through something
  • synchronically

present adjective ( NOW )

  • Charlie has a clever plan for getting us out of our present difficulties .
  • Unlike the present government , we believe in serving the community .
  • The present system of payment will remain in effect until the end of the rental agreement .
  • The present voting system distorts the wishes of the electorate .
  • Are you feeling frustrated in your present job ?

present verb ( GIVE )

  • He has a lot more work to do before he can present the scheme to the public .
  • Ruth was astonished when he presented her with an engagement ring .
  • She presented a well-argued case for the banning of smoking in public places .
  • She graciously accepted the flowers that were presented to her.
  • The Duchess of Kent will be presenting the trophies .
  • accommodate
  • accommodate someone with something
  • administration
  • arm someone with something
  • hand something down
  • hand something in
  • hand something out
  • hand something over
  • reassignment

present verb ( INTRODUCE )

  • I'd like to present my grandson , Jackson Junior.
  • He was presented to the Queen and given a knighthood .
  • She used to present one of those holiday programmes but now she reads the news .
  • May I present Sir Bob Geldof?
  • What was that documentary called that she used to present?
  • audio described
  • audio description
  • commentary box
  • interchannel
  • live stream
  • slow motion
  • station break
  • transmission

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present verb ( SHOW SIGNS OF ILLNESS )

  • adverse reaction
  • aggressively
  • contraindication
  • echocardiogram
  • vital signs
  • withdrawal symptoms

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being, existing, or occurring at this time or now; current : increasing respect for the present ruler of the small country.

at this time; at hand; immediate : articles for present use.

Grammar . designating a verb tense, construction, or form used to refer to an action or state occurring at the time of speaking or writing: knows is a present form in He knows that.

being with one or others or in the specified or understood place: to be present at the wedding.

being here: Is everyone present?

existing or occurring in a place, thing, combination, or the like: Carbon is present in many minerals.

being actually here or under consideration: the present document; the present topic.

being in the mind; recollected : The memories were still present to her mind.

focused on or involved in what one is doing at a particular moment; attentive : When you’re talking to someone, be present instead of thinking about something else.

Obsolete . mentally alert and calm, especially in emergencies.

Obsolete . immediate or instant: present payment.

the present time: She has one foot in the present and one foot in the future.

Grammar . present tense .

presents, Law . the present writings, or this document, used in a deed of conveyance, a lease, etc., to denote the document itself: Know all men by these presents that . . . .

Obsolete . the matter in hand.

Idioms about present

at present , at the present time or moment; now : There are no job openings here at present.

for the present , for now; temporarily : For the present, we must be content with matters as they stand.

Origin of present

Other words for present, opposites for present, other words from present.

  • pres·ent·ness, noun

Other definitions for present (2 of 2)

to furnish or endow with a gift or the like, especially by formal act: to present someone with a gold watch.

to bring, offer, or give, often in a formal or ceremonious way: You'll have to present your passport at the airport.

afford or furnish (an opportunity, possibility, etc.).

to hand over or submit, as a bill or a check, for payment: The waiter presented our bill for lunch.

to introduce (a person) to another, especially in a formal manner: Mrs. Smith, may I present Mr. Jones?

to bring before or introduce to the public: to present a new play.

to come to show (oneself) before a person, at a place, etc.

to show or exhibit: This theater will present films on a larger screen.

to bring forth or render for or before another or others; offer for consideration: to present an alternative plan.

to set forth in words; frame or articulate: to present arguments.

to represent, impersonate, or act, as on the stage.

to direct, point, or turn (something) to something or someone: He presented his back to the audience.

to level or aim (a weapon, especially a firearm).

to bring against, as a formal charge against a person.

to bring formally to the notice of the proper authority, as an offense.

British Ecclesiastical . to offer or recommend (a member of the clergy) to the bishop to be granted a benefice.

Medicine/Medical .

(of a fetus) to be visible at the cervix during labor: In a normal delivery, the baby’s head presents first.

(of a medical condition) to be evident from the presence of certain symptoms: Depression often presents with disturbed sleep or appetite.

(of a patient) to have a certain symptom or medical condition, especially as reported during a medical examination: A 22-year-old man presents with shortness of breath.

a thing presented as a gift; gift : Christmas presents.

synonym study For present

  • self-pre·sent·ed, adjective
  • un·pre·sent·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use present in a sentence

The Republican incumbents have joined forces, presenting themselves as a “firewall” against what they claim would be a radical Democratic agenda that would doom the country to socialism.

They will also present safety data on 100 children between 12 and 15 years old, a group they only recently began to include in their trial.

The written sources’ paucity, obvious bias and distance in time from the event, together with ambiguities in the archaeological evidence — Barrett draws on new research here — present formidable obstacles.

Borrowers found lenders in the private sector, and the Fed backstop remained reassuringly present .

“It’s Rudy’s show,” one senior campaign official said, describing why other party and campaign officials were not present .

DuVernay has partly succeeded in presenting a more human King, warts and all.

The bookstore was opened as a way of presenting Italian books and culture to Manhattanites.

Because the shop was emblematic of that peculiar Italian institution known as La Faccia: i.e. presenting the best face possible.

Neighboring Guinea and Liberia, said WHO, were presenting evidence of a decrease in cases.

Within two days, he had stolen as many Iberian sculptures, eventually presenting them to Picasso as a gift.

He was continually presenting innumerable imaginary fivers to little people.

If the holder has been free from wrong in presenting the check, the bank cannot look to him, but to the drawer for repayment.

Isabel tossed and kissed them, presenting them with a box of toys she had bought in Main Street.

Though presenting many points of interest, it is unnecessary to describe them in detail here.

The sight of them not only fills me with ennui, but I have no intention of presenting your comic papers with material.

British Dictionary definitions for present (1 of 2)

/ ( ˈprɛz ə nt ) /

(prenominal) in existence at the moment in time at which an utterance is spoken or written

(postpositive) being in a specified place, thing, etc : the murderer is present in this room

(prenominal) now in consideration or under discussion : the present topic ; the present author

grammar denoting a tense of verbs used when the action or event described is occurring at the time of utterance or when the speaker does not wish to make any explicit temporal reference

archaic readily available; instant : present help is at hand

archaic mentally alert; attentive

the present the time being; now

the present tense

a verb in this tense

at present at the moment; now

for the present for the time being; temporarily

  • See also presents

British Dictionary definitions for present (2 of 2)

to introduce (a person) to another, esp to someone of higher rank

to introduce to the public : to present a play

to introduce and compere (a radio or television show)

to show; exhibit : he presented a brave face to the world

to put forward; submit : she presented a proposal for a new book

to bring or suggest to the mind : to present a problem

to give or award : to present a prize

to endow with or as if with a gift or award : to present a university with a foundation scholarship

to offer formally : to present one's compliments

to offer or hand over for action or settlement : to present a bill

to represent or depict in a particular manner : the actor presented Hamlet as a very young man

to salute someone with (one's weapon) (usually in the phrase present arms )

to aim or point (a weapon)

to nominate (a clergyman) to a bishop for institution to a benefice in his diocese

to lay (a charge, etc) before a court, magistrate, etc, for consideration or trial

to bring a formal charge or accusation against (a person); indict

mainly US (of a grand jury) to take notice of (an offence) from personal knowledge or observation, before any bill of indictment has been drawn up

(intr) med to seek treatment for a particular symptom or problem : she presented with postnatal depression

(intr) informal to produce a favourable, etc impression : she presents well in public ; he presents as harmless but has poisoned his family

present oneself to appear, esp at a specific time and place

anything that is presented; a gift

make someone a present of something to give someone something : I'll make you a present of a new car

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Other Idioms and Phrases with present

see all present and accounted for; at present; for the moment (present); no time like the present.

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Definition of present

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Definition of present  (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

intransitive verb

Definition of present  (Entry 3 of 4)

Definition of present  (Entry 4 of 4)

  • fairing [ British ]
  • freebee
  • largess
  • presentation
  • present-day
  • here and now

give , present , donate , bestow , confer , afford mean to convey to another as a possession.

give , the general term, is applicable to any passing over of anything by any means.

present carries a note of formality and ceremony.

donate is likely to imply a publicized giving (as to charity).

bestow implies the conveying of something as a gift and may suggest condescension on the part of the giver.

confer implies a gracious giving (as of a favor or honor).

afford implies a giving or bestowing usually as a natural or legitimate consequence of the character of the giver.

Examples of present in a Sentence

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Word History

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from presenter

Middle English, from Anglo-French presenter , from Latin praesentare , from praesent-, praesens , adjective

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin praesent-, praesens , from present participle of praeesse to be before one, from prae- pre- + esse to be — more at is

13th century, in the meaning defined above

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3b(1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3b

Phrases Containing present

  • present company excluded
  • at the present time
  • all present and correct
  • present arms
  • all present and accounted for
  • present oneself
  • present - day
  • present tense
  • present company excepted
  • present perfect
  • present participle
  • present writer
  • present value
  • re - present
  • the present
  • the present day
  • the present perfect
  • there's no time like the present
  • historical present
  • the present writer
  • co - present

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  • 3 to show or describe something or someone in a particular way present something The company decided that it needed to present a more modern image. It is essential that we present a united front (= show that we all agree) . present yourself + adv./prep. You need to present yourself better. present something/somebody/yourself as something He likes to present himself as a radical politician. The press presents this as a kind of victory. The article presents these proposals as misguided.
  • 4 to cause something to happen or be experienced present somebody with something Your request shouldn't present us with any problems. present something Use of these chemicals may present a fire risk. Irradiation presents environmental dangers.
  • 5 ( of an opportunity, a solution, etc. ) to suddenly happen or become available synonym arise present itself One major problem did present itself, though. As soon as the opportunity presented itself, she would get another job. present itself to somebody Thankfully, a solution presented itself to him surprisingly soon.
  • 6 present something to produce a show, play, broadcast, etc. for the public Compass Theater Company presents a new production of “King Lear.” The High School Glee Club will present a concert in the auditorium tomorrow night at 8.
  • 8 present yourself at, for, in, etc. ( formal ) to officially appear somewhere You will be asked to present yourself for an interview. She was ordered to present herself in court on May 20.
  • 9 present something (to somebody) ( formal ) to offer or express something in speech or writing Please allow me to present my views on the subject.
  • 10 present something to give someone a check or bill that they should pay Several checks presented by the defendant were returned by the bank. The builders presented a bill for several thousand dollars.

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