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Meaning & Definition of Present in English





1. 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"
  • present,
  • nowadays

2. Something presented as a gift

  • "His tie was a present from his wife"
  • present

3. A verb tense that expresses actions or states at the time of speaking

  • present,
  • present tense


1. Give an exhibition of to an interested audience

  • "She shows her dogs frequently"
  • "We will demo the new software in washington"
  • show,
  • demo,
  • exhibit,
  • present,
  • demonstrate

2. Bring forward and present to the mind

  • "We presented the arguments to him"
  • "We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason"
  • present,
  • represent,
  • lay out

3. Perform (a play), especially on a stage

  • "We are going to stage `othello'"
  • stage,
  • present,
  • represent

4. Hand over formally

  • present,
  • submit

5. Introduce

  • "This poses an interesting question"
  • present,
  • pose

6. Give, especially as an honor or reward

  • "Bestow honors and prizes at graduation"
  • award,
  • present

7. Give as a present

  • Make a gift of
  • "What will you give her for her birthday?"
  • give,
  • gift,
  • present

8. Deliver (a speech, oration, or idea)

  • "The commencement speaker presented a forceful speech that impressed the students"
  • deliver,
  • present

9. Cause to come to know personally

  • "Permit me to acquaint you with my son"
  • "Introduce the new neighbors to the community"
  • introduce,
  • present,
  • acquaint

10. Represent abstractly, for example in a painting, drawing, or sculpture

  • "The father is portrayed as a good-looking man in this painting"
  • portray,
  • present

11. 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"
  • confront,
  • face,
  • present

12. Formally present a debutante, a representative of a country, etc.

  • present

13. Recognize with a gesture prescribed by a military regulation

  • Assume a prescribed position
  • "When the officers show up, the soldiers have to salute"
  • salute,
  • present


1. 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"
  • present(a)

2. Being or existing in a specified place

  • "The murderer is present in this room"
  • "Present at the wedding"
  • "Present at the creation"
  • present

Examples of using

"And that's your gratitude for all I've done for you?" "Your past services won't be forgotten, Tom, but your present mistakes won't be forgiven."
Yesterday is already history, and tomorrow, a mystery. However, today is a present of fate, and presents are supposed to bring joy.
Forget about the past, live the present, think about future.