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Definitions of present

present1 (ˈprɛzənt Pronunciation for present1



  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. (grammar) 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
  6. (archaic) mentally alert; attentive


  1. See the present

  2. (grammar)
    1. the present tense
    2. a verb in this tense
  3. See at present

  4. See for the present

Word Origin

C13: from Latin praesens, from praeesse to be in front of, from prae- before, in front + esse to be


View thesaurus entry
= here, there, near, available, ready, nearby, accounted for, to hand, at hand, in attendance,
= in existence, existing, existent, extant

Quotations including 'present'

  • "Look to this dayFor it is life, the very life of life" [The Sufi]
  • "For present joys are more to flesh and bloodThan a dull prospect of a distant good" [John Dryden
  • "Ah, fill the cup: - what boots it to repeatHow time is slipping underneath our feet;Unborn tomorrow, and dead yesterday,Why fret about them if today be sweet!" [Edward Fitzgerald
  • "Presents, I often say, endear Absents" [Charles Lamb
  • "There is no time like the present"




 (prɪˈzɛnt Pronunciation for (mainly transitive)
  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 put forward; submit   ⇒ she presented a proposal for a new book
  6. to bring or suggest to the mind   ⇒ to present a problem
  7. to give or award   ⇒ to present a prize
  8. to endow with or as if with a gift or award   ⇒ to present a university with a foundation scholarship
  9. to offer formally   ⇒ to present one's compliments
  10. to offer or hand over for action or settlement   ⇒ to present a bill
  11. to represent or depict in a particular manner   ⇒ the actor presented Hamlet as a very young man
  12. to salute someone with (one's weapon) (usually in the phrase present arms)
  13. to aim or point (a weapon)
  14. to nominate (a clergyman) to a bishop for institution to a benefice in his diocese
  15. to lay (a charge, etc) before a court, magistrate, etc, for consideration or trial
  16. to bring a formal charge or accusation against (a person); indict
  17. (mainly US) (of a grand jury) to take notice of (an offence) from personal knowledge or observation, before any bill of indictment has been drawn up
  18. (intransitive) (medicine) to seek treatment for a particular symptom or problem   ⇒ she presented with postnatal depression
  19. (intransitive) (informal) to produce a favourable, etc impression   ⇒ she presents well in public, he presents as harmless but has poisoned his family
  20. See present oneself


 (ˈprɛzənt Pronunciation for
  1. anything that is presented; a gift
  2. See make someone a present of something

Word Origin

C13: from Old French presenter, from Latin praesentāre to exhibit, offer, from praesens present1


View thesaurus entry
= gift, offering, grant, favour, donation, hand-out, endowment, boon, bounty, gratuity, prezzie, benefaction, bonsela, koha, largesse or largess
= give, award, hand over, offer, grant, donate, hand out, furnish, confer, bestow, entrust, proffer, put at someone's disposal
= host, introduce, announce, anchor, compère, be the presenter of
= put on, stage, perform, give, show, mount, render, put before the public
= introduce, make known, acquaint someone with

Translations for 'present'

  • British English: presentPronunciation for present If someone is present somewhere, they are there.He wasn't present when they called out his name.ˈprɛzənt ADJECTIVE
  • Arabic: حَاضِرPronunciation for حَاضِر
  • Brazilian Portuguese: presentePronunciation for presente
  • Chinese: 现在的Pronunciation for 现在的
  • Croatian: prisutanPronunciation for prisutan prisutna
  • Czech: přítomnýPronunciation for přítomný
  • Danish: tilstedeværendePronunciation for tilstedeværende
  • Dutch: aanwezigPronunciation for aanwezig
  • European Spanish: presentePronunciation for presente
  • Finnish: läsnäolevaPronunciation for läsnäoleva
  • French: présentPronunciation for présentici
  • German: anwesendPronunciation for anwesend
  • Greek: παρώνPronunciation for παρών παρούσα
  • Italian: presentePronunciation for presente
  • Japanese: 居るPronunciation for 居る
  • Korean: 참석한Pronunciation for 참석한
  • Norwegian: til stedePronunciation for til stede
  • Polish: obecnyPronunciation for obecny obecna
  • Portuguese: presentePronunciation for presente
  • Romanian: prezent prezentă, prezenți, prezente
  • Russian: присутствующийPronunciation for присутствующий присутствующая
  • Spanish: presentePronunciation for presente
  • Swedish: närvarandePronunciation for närvarande
  • Thai: ปรากฏตัวPronunciation for ปรากฏตัว
  • Turkish: varPronunciation for var
  • Ukrainian: присутній
  • Vietnamese: có mặtPronunciation for có mặt
  • British English: presentPronunciation for present A present is something that you give to someone for them to keep.She got a present for her birthday.ˈprɛzənt NOUNgift
  • Arabic: هَدِيَّةPronunciation for هَدِيَّة
  • Brazilian Portuguese: presentePronunciation for presentedoação
  • Chinese: 礼物Pronunciation for 礼物
  • Croatian: darPronunciation for dar
  • Czech: dárekPronunciation for dárek
  • Danish: gavePronunciation for gave
  • Dutch: cadeauPronunciation for cadeau
  • European Spanish: regaloPronunciation for regalo
  • Finnish: lahjaPronunciation for lahja
  • French: cadeauPronunciation for cadeau
  • German: GeschenkPronunciation for Geschenk
  • Greek: δώροPronunciation for δώρο
  • Italian: regaloPronunciation for regalo
  • Japanese: プレゼントPronunciation for プレゼントgift
  • Korean: 선물Pronunciation for 선물
  • Norwegian: presangPronunciation for presang
  • Polish: prezentPronunciation for prezentpodarunek
  • Portuguese: presentePronunciation for presentedoação
  • Romanian: cadou cadouri
  • Russian: подарокPronunciation for подарок
  • Spanish: regaloPronunciation for regalo
  • Swedish: presentPronunciation for present
  • Thai: ของขวัญPronunciation for ของขวัญ
  • Turkish: armağanPronunciation for armağan
  • Ukrainian: дарунок
  • Vietnamese: quàPronunciation for quà
  • British English: presentPronunciation for present The present is the period of time that is taking place now.prɛzənt NOUNcurrent time
  • Arabic: حَاضِرPronunciation for حَاضِر
  • Brazilian Portuguese: presentePronunciation for presentetempo atual
  • Chinese: 现在Pronunciation for 现在
  • Croatian: sadašnjostPronunciation for sadašnjost
  • Czech: současnostPronunciation for současnost
  • Danish: nutidenPronunciation for nutiden
  • Dutch: hedenPronunciation for heden
  • European Spanish: presentePronunciation for presente
  • Finnish: nykyhetkiPronunciation for nykyhetki
  • French: présentPronunciation for présentactuel
  • German: GegenwartPronunciation for Gegenwart
  • Greek: παρόνPronunciation for παρόν
  • Italian: presentePronunciation for presente
  • Japanese: 現在Pronunciation for 現在time being
  • Korean: 현재Pronunciation for 현재
  • Norwegian: nåtidPronunciation for nåtid
  • Polish: teraźniejszośćPronunciation for teraźniejszośćczas teraźniejszy
  • Portuguese: presentePronunciation for presentetempo actual
  • Romanian: prezent
  • Russian: текущий моментPronunciation for текущий момент
  • Spanish: presentePronunciation for presente
  • Swedish: nutidPronunciation for nutid
  • Thai: ปัจจุบันPronunciation for ปัจจุบัน
  • Turkish: şu anPronunciation for şu an
  • Ukrainian: сьогодення
  • Vietnamese: hiện tạiPronunciation for hiện tại
  • British English: presentPronunciation for present If you present someone with a prize or with information, you give it to them.The prime minister presented the prizes.prɪˈzent VERB
  • Arabic: يَقْدُمPronunciation for يَقْدُم
  • Brazilian Portuguese: apresentarPronunciation for apresentar
  • Chinese: 授予Pronunciation for 授予
  • Croatian: predstavitiPronunciation for predstaviti
  • Czech: předatPronunciation for předat předávat
  • Danish: præsenterePronunciation for præsentere
  • Dutch: presenterenPronunciation for presenteren
  • European Spanish: presentarPronunciation for presentar
  • Finnish: esitelläPronunciation for esitellä
  • French: présenterPronunciation for présentermontrer
  • German: überreichenPronunciation for überreichen
  • Greek: παρουσιάζωPronunciation for παρουσιάζω
  • Italian: presentarePronunciation for presentare
  • Japanese: 紹介するPronunciation for 紹介する
  • Korean: 제출하다Pronunciation for 제출하다
  • Norwegian: introduserePronunciation for introdusere
  • Polish: przedstawićPronunciation for przedstawić przedstawiać
  • Portuguese: apresentarPronunciation for apresentar
  • Romanian: a prezenta
  • Russian: даритьPronunciation for дарить
  • Spanish: presentarPronunciation for presentar
  • Swedish: presenteraPronunciation for presentera
  • Thai: ให้Pronunciation for ให้
  • Turkish: tanıştırmakPronunciation for tanıştırmak
  • Ukrainian: вручати вручити
  • Vietnamese: trao tặngPronunciation for trao tặng

Example Sentences Including 'present'

The red waistcoat was an early birthday present , followed by others on the actual day.
The last time most of those present had been gathered together in the Centre, Councillor Steel had been murdered.
Anthony Masters CASCADES - THE DAY OF THE DEAD (2001)
Alternatives did not immediately present themselves to Voss.


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