WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
pres•ent1 /ˈprɛzənt/USA pronunciation
n. [countable; singular;
- [before a noun] being, existing, or occurring at this time or now;
current:the present economic situation.
- [before a noun] being actually here or under consideration at this time or place:the present topic.
- Grammar[before a noun] of or relating to a verb tense or form used to refer to an action or state existing at the moment of speaking (They're eating. I know the answer ) or to an event that is done or occurs by habit (He drives to work), and is also sometimes used to express the future (The plane leaves at six tomorrow).
- [be + ~] being with one or others or in the place mentioned or understood by the speaker and listener:Carbon is present in many minerals.
usually: the + ~]
the present time:If there's work to be done, there's no time like the present.
- the present tense:Put that verb into the present.
- a verb form in the present tense, as knows.
pre•sent2 /v. prɪˈzɛnt; n. ˈprɛzənt/USA pronunciation
- Idiomsat present, at the present time or moment; now:We don't know at present who will win the election.
- Idiomsfor the present, for now;
temporarily:We don't have housing for you just yet, so for the present you'll have to stay in this hotel.
n. pres•ent [countable]
a thing presented as a gift; gift:Christmas presents.
pre•sent•er, n. [countable]
- to furnish or give a gift or the like, esp. by formal act: [~ + object + to + object]The awards committee presented the winner's trophy to her for the sixth time.[~ + object + with + object]The committee presented her with the winner's trophy.
- [~ + object] to bring, offer, or give, often in a formal way or in a ceremony of introduction:The new ambassador presented his credentials to the King.
- to furnish or provide (an opportunity, etc.): [~ + object]The test is easy; it should present no difficulties.[~ + object + to + object]The oil shortage presented a golden opportunity to them to raise prices.[~ + object + with + object]presented them with a golden opportunity.
- to hand over or submit (a bill): [~ + object + to + object]The headwaiter presented the check to me.[~ + object + with + object]He presented me with the check.
- [~ + object] to introduce (a person) to another, esp. in a formal manner:Let me present my fiancée.
- Show Business[~ + object] to bring before or introduce to the public:to present a new play.
- [~ + oneself] to come to show (oneself ) before a person, in or at a place, etc.:The new teacher presented himself to the principal promptly the next morning.
- [~ + object] to bring forth before another or others; offer for consideration:to present an alternative plan.
- [~ + object] to set forth in words:to present arguments.
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present /ˈprɛzənt/ adj
- (prenominal) in existence at the moment in time at which an utterance is spoken or written
- (postpositive) being in a specified place, thing, etc: the murderer is present in this room
- (prenominal) now in consideration or under discussion: the present topic, the present author
- denoting a tense of verbs used when the action or event described is occurring at the time of utterance or when the speaker does not wish to make any explicit temporal reference
- archaic readily available; instant: present help is at hand
See also presentsEtymology: 13th Century: from Latin praesens, from praeesse to be in front of, from prae- before, in front + esse to be
- the present tense
- a verb in this tense
- for the present ⇒ for the time being; temporarily
present vb /prɪˈzɛnt/(mainly tr)
- to introduce (a person) to another, esp to someone of higher rank
- to introduce to the public: to present a play
- to introduce and compere (a radio or television show)
- to show; exhibit: he presented a brave face to the world
- to bring or suggest to the mind: to present a problem
- to give or award: to present a prize
- to endow with or as if with a gift or award: to present a university with a foundation scholarship
- to offer formally: to present one's compliments
- to offer or hand over for action or settlement: to present a bill
- to represent or depict in a particular manner: the actor presented Hamlet as a very young man
- to salute someone with (one's weapon) (usually in the phrase present arms)
- to aim or point (a weapon)
- to nominate (a clergyman) to a bishop for institution to a benefice in his diocese
- to lay (a charge, etc) before a court, magistrate, etc, for consideration or trial
- to bring a formal charge or accusation against (a person); indict
- (intransitive) to seek treatment for a particular symptom or problem: she presented with postnatal depression
- (intransitive) informal to produce a favourable, etc impression: she presents well in public, he presents as harmless but has poisoned his family
- present oneself ⇒ to appear, esp at a specific time and place
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French presenter, from Latin praesentāre to exhibit, offer, from praesens present1
- anything that is presented; a gift
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