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Meaning & Definition of Present in English

English

Present

/prɛzənt/

noun

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"
    synonym:
  • present
  • ,
  • nowadays

2. Something presented as a gift

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

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

    synonym:
  • present
  • ,
  • present tense

verb

1. Give an exhibition of to an interested audience

  • "She shows her dogs frequently"
  • "We will demo the new software in washington"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • present
  • ,
  • represent
  • ,
  • lay out

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

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

4. Hand over formally

    synonym:
  • present
  • ,
  • submit

5. Introduce

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

6. Give, especially as an honor or reward

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

7. Give as a present

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

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

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

9. Cause to come to know personally

  • "Permit me to acquaint you with my son"
  • "Introduce the new neighbors to the community"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • confront
  • ,
  • face
  • ,
  • present

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

    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • salute
  • ,
  • present

adjective

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"
    synonym:
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • present

Examples of using

He gave me an album as a birthday present.
You thanked Tom for the present, didn't you?
"People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion." -- Albert Einstein