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"
something presented as a gift
"his tie was a present from his wife"
present, present tense(adj)
a verb tense that expresses actions or states at the time of speaking
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"
being or existing in a specified place
"the murderer is present in this room"; "present at the wedding"; "present at the creation"
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"
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"
stage, present, represent(verb)
perform (a play), especially on a stage
"we are going to stage `Othello'"
hand over formally
"This poses an interesting question"
give, especially as an honor or reward
"bestow honors and prizes at graduation"
give, gift, present(verb)
give as a present; make a gift of
"What will you give her for her birthday?"
deliver (a speech, oration, or idea)
"The commencement speaker presented a forceful speech that impressed the students"
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"
represent abstractly, for example in a painting, drawing, or sculpture
"The father is portrayed as a good-looking man in this painting"
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"
formally present a debutante, a representative of a country, etc.
recognize with a gesture prescribed by a military regulation; assume a prescribed position
"When the officers show up, the soldiers have to salute"
The current moment or period of time.
The present tense.
A gift, especially one given for birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries, graduations, weddings, or any other special occasions.
To reveal, to show.
The theater is proud to present the Fearless Fliers.
To offer to a court or legislature for consideration.
To demand that a drawee pay, or that the presenter's bank accept, (a draft).
To award a trophy, gift, etc, to.
To come to the attention of medical staff
The patient presented with insomnia.
Relating to now, for the time being; current.
The present manager has been here longer than the last one.
Located in the immediate vicinity.
Having an immediate effect (of a medicine, poison etc.); fast-acting.
being at hand, within reach or call, within certain contemplated limits; -- opposed to absent
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
not delayed; immediate; instant; coincident
ready; quick in emergency; as a present wit
favorably attentive; propitious
present time; the time being; time in progress now, or at the moment contemplated; as, at this present
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
a present tense, or the form of the verb denoting the present tense
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
to exhibit or offer to view or notice; to lay before one's perception or cognizance; to set forth; to present a fine appearance
to pass over, esp. in a ceremonious manner; to give in charge or possession; to deliver; to make over
to make a gift of; to bestow; to give, generally in a formal or ceremonious manner; to grant; to confer
hence: To endow; to bestow a gift upon; to favor, as with a donation; also, to court by gifts
to present; to personate
to nominate to an ecclesiastical benefice; to offer to the bishop or ordinary as a candidate for institution
to nominate for support at a public school or other institution
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
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
to bring an indictment against
to aim, point, or direct, as a weapon; as, to present a pistol or the point of a sword to the breast of another
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
anything presented or given; a gift; a donative; as, a Christmas present
the position of a soldier in presenting arms; as, to stand at present
Origin: [F. prsenter, L. praesentare, fr. praesens, a. See Present, a.]
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
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. præsentāre—præsens.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'present' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #640
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'present' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1138
Rank popularity for the word 'present' in Nouns Frequency: #921
Rank popularity for the word 'present' in Verbs Frequency: #160
Rank popularity for the word 'present' in Adjectives Frequency: #77
The numerical value of present in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of present in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
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