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 present present

adj

  • () temporal sense; intermediate between past and future; now existing or happening or in consideration  ( present )
    temporal sense; intermediate between past and future; now existing or happening or in consideration
     the present leader
    the present leader
     articles for present use
    articles for present use
     the present topic
    the present topic
     the present system
    the present system
     present observations
    present observations
  • () being or existing in a specified place  ( present )
    being or existing in a specified place
     the murderer is present in this room
    the murderer is present in this room
     present at the wedding
    present at the wedding
     present at the creation
    present at the creation
  • noun

  • () the period of time that is happening now; any continuous stretch of time including the moment of speech  ( nowadays, present )
    the period of time that is happening now; any continuous stretch of time including the moment of speech
     that is enough for the present
    that is enough for the present
     he lives in the present with no thought of tomorrow
    he lives in the present with no thought of tomorrow
  • () something presented as a gift  ( present )
    something presented as a gift
     his tie was a present from his wife
    his tie was a present from his wife
  • a verb tense that expresses actions or states at the time of speaking  ( present, present tense )
    a verb tense that expresses actions or states at the time of speaking
  • verb

  • () give an exhibition of to an interested audience  ( demo, exhibit, demonstrate, present, show )
    give an exhibition of to an interested audience
     She shows her dogs frequently
    She shows her dogs frequently
     We will demo the new software in Washington
    We will demo the new software in Washington
  • () bring forward and present to the mind  ( lay out, represent, present )
    bring forward and present to the mind
     We presented the arguments to him
    We presented the arguments to him
     We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason
    We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason
  • () perform (a play), especially on a stage  ( represent, stage, present )
    perform (a play), especially on a stage
     we are going to stage Othello'
    we are going to stage Othello'
  • () hand over formally  ( submit, present )
    hand over formally
  • () introduce  ( pose, present )
    introduce
     This poses an interesting question
    This poses an interesting question
  • () deliver (a speech, oration, or idea)  ( present, deliver )
    deliver (a speech, oration, or idea)
     The commencement speaker presented a forceful speech that impressed the students
    The commencement speaker presented a forceful speech that impressed the students
  • () give as a present; make a gift of  ( gift, present, give )
    give as a present; make a gift of
     What will you give her for her birthday?
    What will you give her for her birthday?
  • () give, especially as an honor or reward  ( present, award )
    give, especially as an honor or reward
     bestow honors and prizes at graduation
    bestow honors and prizes at graduation
  • () cause to come to know personally  ( acquaint, present, introduce )
    cause to come to know personally
     permit me to acquaint you with my son
    permit me to acquaint you with my son
     introduce the new neighbors to the community
    introduce the new neighbors to the community
  • () represent abstractly, for example in a painting, drawing, or sculpture  ( portray, present )
    represent abstractly, for example in a painting, drawing, or sculpture
     The father is portrayed as a good-looking man in this painting
    The father is portrayed as a good-looking man in this painting
  • recognize with a gesture prescribed by a military regulation; assume a prescribed position  ( present, salute )
    recognize with a gesture prescribed by a military regulation; assume a prescribed position
     When the officers show up, the soldiers have to salute
    When the officers show up, the soldiers have to salute
  • formally present a debutante, a representative of a country, etc.  ( present )
    formally present a debutante, a representative of a country, etc.
  • present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize  ( present, face, confront )
    present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize
     We confronted him with the evidence
    We confronted him with the evidence
     He was faced with all the evidence and could no longer deny his actions
    He was faced with all the evidence and could no longer deny his actions
     An enormous dilemma faces us
    An enormous dilemma faces us