present perfect tense

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present /ˈprɛzənt/ adj
  1. (prenominal) in existence at the moment in time at which an utterance is spoken or written
  2. (postpositive) being in a specified place, thing, etc: the murderer is present in this room
  3. (prenominal) now in consideration or under discussion: the present topic, the present author
  4. 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
  5. archaic readily available; instant: present help is at hand
n
  1. the present tense
  2. a verb in this tense
  3. for the presentfor the time being; temporarily

See also presentsEtymology: 13th Century: from Latin praesens, from praeesse to be in front of, from prae- before, in front + esse to be
present vb /prɪˈzɛnt/(mainly tr)
  1. to introduce (a person) to another, esp to someone of higher rank
  2. to introduce to the public: to present a play
  3. to introduce and compere (a radio or television show)
  4. to show; exhibit: he presented a brave face to the world
  5. to bring or suggest to the mind: to present a problem
  6. to give or award: to present a prize
  7. to endow with or as if with a gift or award: to present a university with a foundation scholarship
  8. to offer formally: to present one's compliments
  9. to offer or hand over for action or settlement: to present a bill
  10. to represent or depict in a particular manner: the actor presented Hamlet as a very young man
  11. to salute someone with (one's weapon) (usually in the phrase present arms)
  12. to aim or point (a weapon)
  13. to nominate (a clergyman) to a bishop for institution to a benefice in his diocese
  14. to lay (a charge, etc) before a court, magistrate, etc, for consideration or trial
  15. to bring a formal charge or accusation against (a person); indict
  16. (intransitive) to seek treatment for a particular symptom or problem: she presented with postnatal depression
  17. (intransitive) informal to produce a favourable, etc impression: she presents well in public, he presents as harmless but has poisoned his family
  18. present oneselfto appear, esp at a specific time and place
n /ˈprɛzənt/
  1. anything that is presented; a gift
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French presenter, from Latin praesentāre to exhibit, offer, from praesens present1




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