What does present mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term present:

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"


  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

  24. Origin: [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.]

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. Repents

  2. Respent

  3. Serpent


  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. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls:

    The cause is at present unknown.

  2. Lawrence Yun:

    Housing shortage is still present.

  3. Annelise Borges:

    The fear is so present, so palpable.

  4. Bian Yuxiang:

    All the parties present agreed to it.

  5. Manuel Vila:

    Past, present, future: where are you?

Images & Illustrations of present

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