What does Present mean?

Definitions for Present
ˈprɛz əntpresent

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Present.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. present, nowadaysnoun

    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. presentnoun

    something presented as a gift

    "his tie was a present from his wife"

  3. present, present tenseadjective

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

  4. present(a)adjective

    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. presentverb

    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, demonstrateverb

    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 outverb

    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, representverb

    perform (a play), especially on a stage

    "we are going to stage `Othello'"

  9. present, submitverb

    hand over formally

  10. present, poseverb


    "This poses an interesting question"

  11. award, presentverb

    give, especially as an honor or reward

    "bestow honors and prizes at graduation"

  12. give, gift, presentverb

    give as a present; make a gift of

    "What will you give her for her birthday?"

  13. deliver, presentverb

    deliver (a speech, oration, or idea)

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

  14. introduce, present, acquaintverb

    cause to come to know personally

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

  15. portray, presentverb

    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, presentverb

    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. presentverb

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

  18. salute, presentverb

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

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


  1. presentnoun

    The current moment or period of time.

  2. presentnoun

    The present tense.

  3. presentnoun

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

  4. presentverb

    To reveal, to show.

    The theater is proud to present the Fearless Fliers.

  5. presentverb

    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. presentadjective

    Relating to now, for the time being; current.

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

  10. presentadjective

    Located in the immediate vicinity.

  11. present

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. The Present

    An elliptical expression for the present time; the time now existing.

    When he saw descend
    The son of God to judge them, terrify’d
    He fled; not hoping to escape, but shun
    The present; fearing guilty, what his wrath
    Might suddenly inflict. John Milton.

    Men that set their hearts only upon the present, without looking forward into the end of things are struck at. Roger L'Estrange.

    Who, since their own short understandings reach
    No further than the present, think ev’n the wise,
    Speak what they think, and tell tales of themselves. Nicholas Rowe.

  2. PRESENTadjective

    Etymology: present, Fr. præsens, Lat.

    But neither of these are any impediment, because the regent thereof is of an infinite immensity more than commensurate to the extent of the world, and such as is most intimately present with all the beings of the world. Matthew Hale.

    Be not often present at feasts, not at all in dissolute company; pleasing objects steal away the heart. Taylor.

    Much I have heard
    Incredible to me, in this displeas’d,
    That I was never present on the place
    Of those encounters. John Milton, Agonistes.

    Thou future things can’st represent
    As present. John Milton.

    The moments past, if thou art wise, retrieve
    With pleasant mem’ry of the bliss they gave;
    The present hours in pleasant mirth employ,
    And bribe the future with the hopes of joy. Matthew Prior.

    The present age hath not been less inquisitive than the former ages were. John Woodward, Nat. Hist.

    If a man write little, he had need have a great memory; if he confer little, he had need have a present wit; and if he read little, he had need have much cunning. Francis Bacon.

    ’Tis a high point of philosophy and virtue for a man to be so present to himself, as to be always provided against all accidents. Roger L'Estrange.

    Be present to her now, as then,
    And let not proud and factious men
    Against your wills oppose their mights. Ben Jonson.

    The golden goddess, present at the pray’r,
    Well knew he meant th’ inanimated fair,
    And gave the sign of granting his desire. Dryden.

    Nor could I hope in any place but there,
    To find a god so present to my pray’r. Dryden.

    The ample mind keeps the several objects all within sight, and present to the soul. Isaac Watts.

  3. Presentnoun

    Etymology: present, Fr. from the verb.

    Plain Clarence!
    I will send thy soul to heav’n,
    If heav’n will take the present at our hands. William Shakespeare.

    His dog to-morrow, by his master’s command, he must carry for a present to his lady. William Shakespeare.

    He sent part of the rich spoil, with the admiral’s ensign, as a present unto Solyman. Richard Knolles, Hist. of the Turks.

    Say heav’nly muse, shall not thy sacred vein
    Afford a present to the infant God?
    Hast thou no verse, no hymn, no solemn strain,
    To welcome him to this his new abode? John Milton.

    They that are to love inclin’d,
    Sway’d by chance, not choice or art
    To the first that’s fair or kind,
    Make a present of their heart. Edmund Waller.

    Somewhat is sure design’d by fraud or force;
    Trust not their presents, nor admit the horse. Dryden.

    Be it known to all men by these presents. William Shakespeare.

  4. To Presentverb

    Etymology: præsento, low Lat. presenter, Fr. in all the senses.

    On to the sacred hill
    They led him high applauded, and present
    Before the seat supreme. John Milton, Par. Lost, b. vi.

    He knows not what he says; and vain is it,
    That we present us to him. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Thou therefore now advise,
    Or hear what to my mind first thoughts present. John Milton.

    Now ev’ry leaf, and ev’ry moving breath
    Presents a foe, and ev’ry foe a death. John Denham.

    Lectorides’s memory is ever ready to offer to his mind something out of other men’s writings or conversations, and is presenting him with the thoughts of other persons perpetually. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind.

    Folks in mudwall tenement,
    Affording pepper-corn for rent,
    Present a turkey or a hen
    To those might better spare them ten. Matthew Prior.

    So ladies in romance assist their knight,
    Present the spear, and arm him for the fight. Dryden.

    Thou spendest thy time in waiting upon such a great one, and thy estate in presenting him; and, after all, hast no other reward, but sometimes to be smiled upon, and always to be smiled at. Robert South, Sermons.

    He now presents, as ancient ladies do,
    That courted long, at length are forc’d to woo. Dryden.

    Octavia presented the poet, for his admirable elegy on her son Marcellus. Dryden.

    Should I present thee with rare figur’d plate,
    O how thy rising heart would throb and beat. Dryden.

    That he put these bishops in the places of the deceased by his own authority, is notoriously false; for the duke of Saxony always presented. Francis Atterbury.

    He was appointed admiral, and presented battle to the French navy, which they refused. John Hayward.

    Tell on, quoth she, the woful tragedy,
    The which these reliques sad present unto. Edmund Spenser.

    The grand juries were practised effectually with to present the said pamphlet, with all aggravating epithets. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Present

    The present (or here and now) is the time associated with the events perceived directly and in the first time, not as a recollection (perceived more than once) or a speculation (predicted, hypothesis, uncertain). 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. It is sometimes represented as a hyperplane in space-time, typically called "now", although modern physics demonstrates that such a hyperplane cannot be defined uniquely for observers in relative motion. The present may also be viewed as a duration (see specious present).


  1. present

    Present refers to the current moment or time, the period of time that is happening now or the current state of existence. It can also refer to something that is currently being given or offered, or to an event or occasion that is happening at the current time. Additionally, present can refer to being physically or mentally attentive and engaged in the current task or situation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Presentadjective

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

  2. Presentadjective

    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. Presentadjective

    not delayed; immediate; instant; coincident

  4. Presentadjective

    ready; quick in emergency; as a present wit

  5. Presentadjective

    favorably attentive; propitious

  6. Presentadjective

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

  7. Presentadjective

    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. Presentadjective

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

  9. Presentadjective

    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. Presentadjective

    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. Presentadjective

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

  12. Presentadjective

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

  13. Presentadjective

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

  14. Presentadjective

    to present; to personate

  15. Presentadjective

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

  16. Presentadjective

    to nominate for support at a public school or other institution

  17. Presentadjective

    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. Presentadjective

    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. Presentadjective

    to bring an indictment against

  20. Presentadjective

    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. Presentverb

    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. Presentnoun

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

  23. Presentnoun

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

  24. Etymology: [F. prsenter, L. praesentare, fr. praesens, a. See Present, a.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Present

    prē-zent′, v.t. to set before, to introduce into the presence of: to exhibit to view: to offer as a gift: to put into the possession of another: to make a gift of: to appoint to a benefice: to lay before for consideration: to point, as a gun before firing.—n. Pres′ent, that which is presented or given, a gift.—adj. Prēsent′able, fit to be presented: capable of being presented to a church living.—n. Presentā′tion, act of presenting: a setting forth, as of a truth: representation: the act or the right of presenting to a benefice: the appearance of a particular part of the fetus at the superior pelvic strait during labour.—adj. Present′ative, having the right of presentation: pertaining to immediate cognition.—ns. Presentēē′, one who is presented to a benefice; Prēsent′er.—adj. Prēsent′ive, presentative, non-symbolic (of words).—n. Prēsent′iveness.—adv. Pres′ently, after a little, by-and-by, shortly: (arch.) without delay, at once.—n. Present′ment, act of presenting: the thing presented or represented: (law) notice taken of an offence by a grand-jury from their own knowledge or observation: accusation presented to a court by a grand-jury.—Present arms, to bring the gun or rifle to a perpendicular position in front of the body, as a token of respect to a superior officer. [Fr.,—L. præsentārepræsens.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. present

    In the British service, means to level; to aim; to bring the musket to a horizontal position, the butt resting against the right shoulder for the purpose of discharging its contents at a given object.

  2. present

    To offer openly; to exhibit; to give in ceremony; as, to present the colors.

Editors Contribution

  1. present

    Being or existing in a specified place.

    They were present at the party and they had a fantastic time.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 20, 2019  

  2. present

    This moment or period of time.

    The present moment is the time to get the plan actioned, organized and progressed.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 20, 2019  

  3. presentnoun

    Time at hand; the future.

    The present is here and now.

    Etymology: Now

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on May 3, 2024  

  4. present

    To share time with the person or people we love.

    We always say the present we love is time with the people we love.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 20, 2019  

  5. present

    To show or display data, facts, information, research or statistics on a type of software.

    She did present an excellent overview of current and future change, development and evolution so she was appointed as the International Director.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 14, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Present is ranked #72332 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Present surname appeared 269 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Present.

    90.3% or 243 total occurrences were White.
    5.9% or 16 total occurrences were Black.
    1.8% or 5 total occurrences were Asian.

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 for Present »

  1. serpent

  2. penster

  3. strepen

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Present in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Present in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Present in a Sentence

  1. Nick Read:

    We need to have a fact-based risk-assessed review, people are saying things at the moment that are not grounded, I'm not saying that is the case for the U.S. because I have not met them directly myself so I have not seen what evidence they have, but they clearly need to present that evidence to the right bodies throughout Europe.

  2. Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer:

    We have every reason to believe that he was reaching out for help, the weapons were present. The ammunition was present. Perhaps even the mindset was present to carry out those threats.

  3. Carlee Simon:

    We need adults to run schools, and if my adults are sick or needing to quarantine, I don't have adults present to provide the education.

  4. Michael Ryan:

    Cholera is still present and this is the classic situation where we've had a first big wave last year, and we fully expect another wave this year. That wave could be as large or potentially even larger.

  5. Eric Hoffer:

    Our achievements speak for themselves. What we have to keep track of are our failures, discouragements and doubts. We tend to forget the past difficulties, the many false starts, and the painful groping. We see our past achievements as the end results of a clean forward thrust, and our present difficulties as signs of decline and decay.

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Translations for Present

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  • زمان, حاضر, قدم, موجود, حاليArabic
  • цяперашні час, сапраўднаеBelarusian
  • настоящеBulgarian
  • present, presentar, actualCatalan, Valencian
  • přítomnost, přítomný, uvést, současnýCzech
  • til stedeDanish
  • Jetzt, präsentieren, vorlegen, gegenwärtig, anwesend, jetzig, GegenwartGerman
  • παρουσιάζω, παρών, τωρινός, προσάγω, απονέμω, προσφέρω, παρόνGreek
  • hodiaŭa, prezenti, nuntempo, nuna tempo, nunaEsperanto
  • presente, presentar, actual, mostrar, ahoraSpanish
  • اکنون, حاضر, کنونی, نمایاندن, حاPersian
  • näyttää, tämänhetkinen, esittää, nykyinen, nykyisyys, myöntää, läsnä, paikalla, nykyhetkiFinnish
  • présenter, présente, présentFrench
  • làthaireachScottish Gaelic
  • उपस्थित, हाज़िरHindi
  • benyújt, jelenlegi, jelen, bemutat, ajándékozHungarian
  • ներկաArmenian
  • menyajikanIndonesian
  • presentare, presenteItalian
  • מתנהHebrew
  • 現在, 出席, 進呈Japanese
  • ახლანდელი დრო, ახლანდელიGeorgian
  • 現在, 현재, 선사하다, 선물Korean
  • көрсөтүү, анык, бул, чыныгы, сунуш кылуу, ушул, азыркыKyrgyz
  • praesensLatin
  • tagadneLatvian
  • whakawhiwhi, tāpaeMāori
  • сегашностMacedonian
  • kiniMalay
  • preżent, issa, jippreżenta, tippreżentaMaltese
  • huidig, tegenwoordig, toewijzen, huidige tijd, voorstellen, presenteren, aanwezig, hedenDutch
  • til stede, nåværendeNorwegian
  • przedstawiać, prezentować, teraźniejszość, wręczaćPolish
  • apresentar, presente, premiar, presentearPortuguese
  • quy, kunanQuechua
  • prezentRomanian
  • настоящее время, подать, вручать, дарить, присутствовать, настоящее, вручить, представлять, нынешний, подарить, презентовать, представить, присутствующий, подавать, настоящийRussian
  • садашњост, sadašnjostSerbo-Croatian
  • súčasnosťSlovak
  • podeliti, prisoten, predstavljati, sedanji, sedanjost, predstavitiSlovene
  • ange, introducera, föreställa, åtala, nutid, anmäla, närvarande, nuvarande, nu, presentera, inge, överlämnaSwedish
  • தற்போதுTamil
  • ప్రస్తుతంTelugu
  • นำเสนอThai
  • mevcutTurkish
  • теперішній час, справжнєUkrainian
  • حاضر, موجودہUrdu
  • hiện tại, 現在Vietnamese
  • presentYiddish
  • 当下Chinese

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