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Definitions of present

present1 (ˈprɛzənt



  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 (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



  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 (informal), benefaction, bonsela (South Africa), koha (New Zealand), 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: present If someone is present somewhere, they are there.He wasn't present when they called out his name.ˈprɛzənt ADJECTIVE
  • Arabic: حَاضِر
  • Brazilian Portuguese: presente
  • Chinese: 现在的
  • Croatian: prisutan prisutna
  • Czech: přítomný
  • Danish: tilstedeværende
  • Dutch: aanwezig
  • European Spanish: presente
  • Finnish: läsnäoleva
  • French: présentici
  • German: anwesend
  • Greek: παρών παρούσα
  • Italian: presente
  • Japanese: 居る
  • Korean: 참석한
  • Norwegian: til stede
  • Polish: obecny obecna
  • Portuguese: presente
  • Romanian: prezent prezentă, prezenți, prezente
  • Russian: присутствующий присутствующая
  • Spanish: presente
  • Swedish: närvarande
  • Thai: ปรากฏตัว
  • Turkish: var
  • Ukrainian: присутній
  • Vietnamese: có mặt
  • British English: present A present is something that you give to someone for them to keep.She got a present for her birthday.ˈprɛzənt NOUNgift
  • Arabic: هَدِيَّة
  • Brazilian Portuguese: presentedoação
  • Chinese: 礼物
  • Croatian: dar
  • Czech: dárek
  • Danish: gave
  • Dutch: cadeau
  • European Spanish: regalo
  • Finnish: lahja
  • French: cadeau
  • German: Geschenk
  • Greek: δώρο
  • Italian: regalo
  • Japanese: プレゼントgift
  • Korean: 선물
  • Norwegian: presang
  • Polish: prezentpodarunek
  • Portuguese: presentedoação
  • Romanian: cadou cadouri
  • Russian: подарок
  • Spanish: regalo
  • Swedish: present
  • Thai: ของขวัญ
  • Turkish: armağan
  • Ukrainian: дарунок
  • Vietnamese: quà
  • British English: present The present is the period of time that is taking place now.prɛzənt NOUNcurrent time
  • Arabic: حَاضِر
  • Brazilian Portuguese: presentetempo atual
  • Chinese: 现在
  • Croatian: sadašnjost
  • Czech: současnost
  • Danish: nutiden
  • Dutch: heden
  • European Spanish: presente
  • Finnish: nykyhetki
  • French: présentactuel
  • German: Gegenwart
  • Greek: παρόν
  • Italian: presente
  • Japanese: 現在time being
  • Korean: 현재
  • Norwegian: nåtid
  • Polish: teraźniejszośćczas teraźniejszy
  • Portuguese: presentetempo actual
  • Romanian: prezent
  • Russian: текущий момент
  • Spanish: presente
  • Swedish: nutid
  • Thai: ปัจจุบัน
  • Turkish: şu an
  • Ukrainian: сьогодення
  • Vietnamese: hiện tại
  • British English: 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: يَقْدُم
  • Brazilian Portuguese: apresentar
  • Chinese: 授予
  • Croatian: predstaviti
  • Czech: předat předávat
  • Danish: præsentere
  • Dutch: presenteren
  • European Spanish: presentar
  • Finnish: esitellä
  • French: présentermontrer
  • German: überreichen
  • Greek: παρουσιάζω
  • Italian: presentare
  • Japanese: 紹介する
  • Korean: 제출하다
  • Norwegian: introdusere
  • Polish: przedstawić przedstawiać
  • Portuguese: apresentar
  • Romanian: a prezenta
  • Russian: дарить
  • Spanish: presentar
  • Swedish: presentera
  • Thai: ให้
  • Turkish: tanıştırmak
  • Ukrainian: вручати вручити
  • Vietnamese: 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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