Definitions for PRESENTˈprɛz ənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pres•entˈprɛz ənt(adj.)

  1. being, existing, or occurring at this time or now; current:

    the present economic situation.

  2. at this time; at hand; immediate:

    articles for present use.

  3. of, pertaining to, or being a verb tense or form used to refer to an action or state occurring or existing at the moment of speaking (They're eating. I know the answer) or to a habitual event (He drives to work), and also sometimes used to express the future (The plane leaves at six tomorrow) or past.

    Category: Grammar

  4. being with one or others or in the specified or understood place:

    to be present at the wedding.

  5. being here:

    Is everyone present?

  6. existing or occurring in a place, thing, combination, or the like:

    Carbon is present in many minerals.

  7. being actually here or under consideration.

  8. being before the mind.

  9. Obs. aware.

  10. Obs. immediate.

  11. (n.)the present time.

  12. the present tense. a verb form in the present tense, as


    Category: Grammar

  13. presents, (in a deed of conveyance) the present document or writings:

    Know all men by these presents.

    Category: Law

  14. Obs. the matter in hand.

Idioms for present:

  1. at present,at the present time or moment; now.

    Category: Idiom

  2. for the present,for now; temporarily.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of present:

1250–1300; ME < OF < L praesent- (s. of praesēns), prp. of praeesse to preside, be in charge, be present = prae- pre - + esse to be


pre•sent*prɪˈzɛnt; ˈprɛz ənt(v.; n.; v.t.)

  1. to furnish or endow with a gift or the like, esp. by formal act.

  2. to bring, offer, or give, often in a formal or ceremonious way:

    to present one's credentials.

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

  4. to hand over or submit (a bill or check).

  5. to introduce (a person) to another, esp. in a formal manner.

  6. to bring before or introduce to the public:

    to present a new play.

    Category: Showbiz

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

  8. to bring forth or render for or before another or others; offer for consideration:

    to present an alternative plan.

  9. to set forth in words; frame or articulate:

    to present arguments.

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

  11. to direct, point, or turn (something) to something or someone:

    He presented his back to the audience.

  12. to level or aim (a weapon, esp. a firearm).

  13. Law. to bring (a formal charge) against a person. to bring (an offense) to the notice of the proper authority.

    Category: Law

  14. to nominate (a cleric) for a benefice.

    Category: Religion

  15. (n.)a thing presented as a gift; gift.

* Syn: See give. See also introduce.

Origin of present:

1175–1225; (n.) ME < OF, orig. in phrase en present in presence (see present1); (v.) ME < OF presenter < ML praesentāre to give, show, present for approval, L: to exhibit (to the mind or senses), der. of praesēnspresent1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. present, nowadays(noun)

    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"

  2. present(noun)

    something presented as a gift

    "his tie was a present from his wife"

  3. present, present tense(adj)

    a verb tense that expresses actions or states at the time of speaking

  4. present(a)(adj)

    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"

  5. present(verb)

    being or existing in a specified place

    "the murderer is present in this room"; "present at the wedding"; "present at the creation"

  6. show, demo, exhibit, present, demonstrate(verb)

    give an exhibition of to an interested audience

    "She shows her dogs frequently"; "We will demo the new software in Washington"

  7. present, represent, lay out(verb)

    bring forward and present to the mind

    "We presented the arguments to him"; "We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason"

  8. stage, present, represent(verb)

    perform (a play), especially on a stage

    "we are going to stage `Othello'"

  9. present, submit(verb)

    hand over formally

  10. present, pose(verb)


    "This poses an interesting question"

  11. award, present(verb)

    give, especially as an honor or reward

    "bestow honors and prizes at graduation"

  12. give, gift, present(verb)

    give as a present; make a gift of

    "What will you give her for her birthday?"

  13. deliver, present(verb)

    deliver (a speech, oration, or idea)

    "The commencement speaker presented a forceful speech that impressed the students"

  14. introduce, present, acquaint(verb)

    cause to come to know personally

    "permit me to acquaint you with my son"; "introduce the new neighbors to the community"

  15. portray, present(verb)

    represent abstractly, for example in a painting, drawing, or sculpture

    "The father is portrayed as a good-looking man in this painting"

  16. confront, face, present(verb)

    present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize

    "We confronted him with the evidence"; "He was faced with all the evidence and could no longer deny his actions"; "An enormous dilemma faces us"

  17. present(verb)

    formally present a debutante, a representative of a country, etc.

  18. salute, present(verb)

    recognize with a gesture prescribed by a military regulation; assume a prescribed position

    "When the officers show up, the soldiers have to salute"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. present(noun)ɪˈzɛnt; n. ˈprɛz ənt

    a gift

    to give sb a present; birthday/Christmas presents

  2. present(adjective)ɪˈzɛnt; n. ˈprɛz ənt

    ≠ past

    a solution to our present problems; We are not hiring at the present time.

  3. presentɪˈzɛnt; n. ˈprɛz ənt

    ≠ absent

    There were twenty people present at the meeting.; tiny particles present in the air

  4. present(verb)ɪˈzɛnt; n. ˈprɛz ənt

    to give sth to sb, especially in a formal way

    He presented her with the gold medal.; an award presented to the best school in the state

  5. presentɪˈzɛnt; n. ˈprɛz ənt

    to show and explain sth you have done to others

    a scientist presenting her findings at the conference

  6. presentɪˈzɛnt; n. ˈprɛz ənt

    to be or cause a problem, risk, etc.

    This roof presents a problem in the wind.

  7. presentɪˈzɛnt; n. ˈprɛz ənt

    to show in a particular way

    The book presents an exciting look at life at sea.

  8. presentɪˈzɛnt; n. ˈprɛz ənt

    to show an official document to the authorities

    He presented his birth certificate as proof of identity.

  9. presentɪˈzɛnt; n. ˈprɛz ənt

    to organize or create a performance, film, etc.

    a theater company presenting a performance of Hamlet

  10. presentɪˈzɛnt; n. ˈprɛz ənt

    to introduce programs or guests on a TV or radio program

    He presents a quiz programme.

  11. presentɪˈzɛnt; n. ˈprɛz ənt

    (of an opportunity, idea, etc.) to occur or become available

    Every time a challenge presented itself, the team played harder.


  1. present(Noun)

    The current moment or period of time.

  2. present(Noun)

    The present tense.

  3. present(Noun)

    A gift, especially one given for birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries, graduations, weddings, or any other special occasions.

  4. present(Verb)

    To reveal, to show.

    The theater is proud to present the Fearless Fliers.

  5. present(Verb)

    To offer to a court or legislature for consideration.

  6. present

    To demand that a drawee pay, or that the presenter's bank accept, (a draft).

  7. present

    To award a trophy, gift, etc, to.

  8. present

    To come to the attention of medical staff

    The patient presented with insomnia.

  9. present(Adjective)

    Relating to now, for the time being; current.

    The present manager has been here longer than the last one.

  10. present(Adjective)

    Located in the immediate vicinity.

  11. present

    Having an immediate effect (of a medicine, poison etc.); fast-acting.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Present(adj)

    being at hand, within reach or call, within certain contemplated limits; -- opposed to absent

  2. Present(adj)

    now existing, or in process; begun but not ended; now in view, or under consideration; being at this time; not past or future; as, the present session of Congress; the present state of affairs; the present instance

  3. Present(adj)

    not delayed; immediate; instant; coincident

  4. Present(adj)

    ready; quick in emergency; as a present wit

  5. Present(adj)

    favorably attentive; propitious

  6. Present(adj)

    present time; the time being; time in progress now, or at the moment contemplated; as, at this present

  7. Present(adj)

    present letters or instrument, as a deed of conveyance, a lease, letter of attorney, or other writing; as in the phrase, " Know all men by these presents," that is, by the writing itself, " per has literas praesentes; " -- in this sense, rarely used in the singular

  8. Present(adj)

    a present tense, or the form of the verb denoting the present tense

  9. Present(adj)

    to bring or introduce into the presence of some one, especially of a superior; to introduce formally; to offer for acquaintance; as, to present an envoy to the king; (with the reciprocal pronoun) to come into the presence of a superior

  10. Present(adj)

    to exhibit or offer to view or notice; to lay before one's perception or cognizance; to set forth; to present a fine appearance

  11. Present(adj)

    to pass over, esp. in a ceremonious manner; to give in charge or possession; to deliver; to make over

  12. Present(adj)

    to make a gift of; to bestow; to give, generally in a formal or ceremonious manner; to grant; to confer

  13. Present(adj)

    hence: To endow; to bestow a gift upon; to favor, as with a donation; also, to court by gifts

  14. Present(adj)

    to present; to personate

  15. Present(adj)

    to nominate to an ecclesiastical benefice; to offer to the bishop or ordinary as a candidate for institution

  16. Present(adj)

    to nominate for support at a public school or other institution

  17. Present(adj)

    to lay before a public body, or an official, for consideration, as before a legislature, a court of judicature, a corporation, etc.; as, to present a memorial, petition, remonstrance, or indictment

  18. Present(adj)

    to lay before a court as an object of inquiry; to give notice officially of, as a crime of offence; to find or represent judicially; as, a grand jury present certain offenses or nuisances, or whatever they think to be public injuries

  19. Present(adj)

    to bring an indictment against

  20. Present(adj)

    to aim, point, or direct, as a weapon; as, to present a pistol or the point of a sword to the breast of another

  21. Present(verb)

    to appear at the mouth of the uterus so as to be perceptible to the finger in vaginal examination; -- said of a part of an infant during labor

  22. Present(noun)

    anything presented or given; a gift; a donative; as, a Christmas present

  23. Present(noun)

    the position of a soldier in presenting arms; as, to stand at present


  1. Present

    The present is the time that is associated with the events perceived directly and in the first time, not as a recollection or a speculation. It is a period of time between the past and the future, and can vary in meaning from being an instant to a day or longer. In radiocarbon dating, the "present" is defined as AD 1950. It is sometimes represented as a hyperplane in space-time, typically called "now", although modern physics demonstrates that such a hyperplane can not be defined uniquely for observers in relative motion. The present may also be viewed as a duration.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PRESENT' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #640

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PRESENT' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1138

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PRESENT' in Nouns Frequency: #921

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PRESENT' in Verbs Frequency: #160

  5. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'PRESENT' in Adjectives Frequency: #77

Anagrams of PRESENT

  1. Repents

  2. Respent

  3. Serpent

Translations for PRESENT

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


being here, or at the place, occasion etc mentioned

My father was present on that occasion; Who else was present at the wedding?; Now that the whole class is present, we can begin the lesson.

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