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the present


  1. . the time being; now


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= now, today, the time being, here and now, this day and age, the present moment

Example Sentences Including 'the present'

A brisk knock at the door jerked him, mercifully, back to the present.
Kippax, Frank The Scar
At the moment the most likely outcome is that the present bottom three will be in Division One next season.
Irish Times (2002)
In 1997, the present owners carried out an extensive refurbishment programme.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
It had been weird to hear the embassy guy talk about him in the present tense.
Hugo Wilcken THE EXECUTION (2002)
Since the present crisis started in 1984, the abuse victims and their loyal supporters have faced a formidable adversary.
Irish Times (2002)
The people of Glasgow are the stars of this museum where exhibits track the city's history from 1760 to the present day.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
The story he tells of France from the Dark Ages to the present day is always told with verve and a sureness of touch.
Country Life (2004)
Then he spent a moment wondering what to do about the present he had brought Jeanne.
Harcourt, Palma Double Deceit
Thus the interpretation of these past events was made -- rationally -- by reference to what could still be observed at the present time.
Richard Fortey THE EARTH: An Intimate History (2004)


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