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Present is current time or is happening right now.

An example of present is Barack Obama being the president in 2011.

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The definition of a present is a gift.

An example of present is a piece of jewelry to celebrate an anniversary.

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Present is defined as to formally introduce or honor someone.

An example of present is announcing a newly married couple at their wedding reception.

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A moment or period in time perceptible as intermediate between past and future; now.
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The document or instrument in question.

Be it known by these presents.

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The present tense.
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A verb form in the present tense.
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Existing or happening now; current.

The present leader; present trends.

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Now being considered; actually here or involved.

The present subject; present company excepted.

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Designating a verb tense or form that expresses current time.
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Readily available; immediate.
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Alert to circumstances; attentive.
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Being at hand or in attendance.

Thirty guests were present at the ceremony.

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Existing in something specified.

Oxygen is present in the bloodstream.

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To represent or depict in a certain manner.

The movie presents bankers as greedy and coldhearted.

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To hold, carry, or point (a weapon) in a particular manner as a salutation or sign of honor, usually along the center axis of the body.
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To recommend (a cleric) for a benefice.
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To make a gift or award of.

Presented the medal to the winner.

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To make a gift to.

Presented the winner with a medal.

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To offer for observation, examination, or consideration; show or display.

The detective presented his badge.

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To offer (a play, for example) for public entertainment.
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To afford or furnish.

The situation presented us with a chance to improve our knowledge.

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To turn or position in the direction of another.

Presented his face to the camera.

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To attach to (a pathologic antigen, such as a virus or bacterium) in order to allow the antigen to be recognized and destroyed by T cells. Used of certain immune cells, such as macrophages.
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To introduce, especially with formal ceremony.
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To introduce (a young woman) to society with conventional ceremony.
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To make a presentation.
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To be evident or manifest. Used of a disease or condition.

How Lyme disease presents in its later stages.

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To exhibit symptoms or signs during a medical examination.

The patient presented with headache and heel pain.

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Something presented; a gift.
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The position of a rifle or other weapon when presented.
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Of or at this time; existing or happening now; in progress.
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Now being discussed, considered, written, read, etc.

The present writer.

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Readily available, effective, etc.
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Indicating action as now taking place (Ex.: she goes) or state as now existing (Ex.: the plums are ripe), action that is habitual (Ex.: he speaks with an accent), or action that is always the same (Ex.: the clock strikes twelve at noon)
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Being at the specified or understood place; at hand; in attendance.
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Existing (in a particular thing)

Nitrogen is present in the air.

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Self-possessed; collected.
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Paying attention.
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The present time.
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The present occasion.
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Something presented, or given; gift.
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The present words or writings.
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This very document.

Know by these presents.

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The present tense.
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A verb form in this tense.
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To bring (a person) into the presence of, and introduce formally to, another or others.
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To offer for consideration.

To present a plan, opportunity, etc.

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To give (a gift, donation, award, etc.) to a person, organization, etc.
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To hand over, give, or send (a bill, credentials, etc.) to someone.
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To represent, depict, or interpret in the manner indicated.
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To point or aim (a weapon, etc.)
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To nominate to an ecclesiastical benefice.
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To honor (someone), esp. formally, with a gift, award, etc.

The mayor presented him with the keys to the city.

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To provide or confront (someone) with something.

This presents us with a difficult problem.

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To offer for viewing or notice; exhibit; display; show.
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To offer (a show, exhibit, etc.) to the public.
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To put before a legislature, court, etc. for consideration.
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To bring a charge or indictment against.
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To make a presentation.
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To come before a physician (with a particular symptom, medical history, etc.)
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To appear or be felt first during birth. Used of the part of the fetus that proceeds first through the birth canal.
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To exhibit symptoms or signs during a medical examination.
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To be evident or manifest, as a disease or condition.
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To display an antigen on the cell surface. Used especially of cells such as macrophages and dendritic cells, where the displayed antigen activates T cells as part of the immune response.
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Relating to now, for the time being; current.

The barbaric practice continues to the present day.

The present manager has been here longer than the last one.

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Located in the immediate vicinity.

Is there a doctor present?; Several people were present when the event took place.

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Massinger.

An ambassador [...] desires a present audience.

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(dated) Ready; quick in emergency.

A present wit.

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The current moment or period of time.
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The present tense.
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A gift, especially one given for birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries, graduations, weddings, or any other special occasions.
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(military) The position of a soldier in presenting arms.

To stand at present.

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To bring into the presence of.
  • To bring (someone) into the presence of (a person); to introduce formally. [from 14th c.].
    To present an envoy to the king.
  • To nominate (a member of the clergy) for an ecclesiastical benefice; to offer to the bishop or ordinary as a candidate for institution. [from 14th c.].
  • To offer (a problem, complaint) to a court or other authority for consideration. [from 14th c.].
  • (now rare) To charge (a person) with a crime or accusation; to bring before court. [from 14th c.].
  • (reflexive) To come forward, appear in a particular place or before a particular person, especially formally. [from 14th c.].
  • To put (something) forward in order for it to be seen; to show, exhibit. [from 14th c.].
  • To make clear to one's mind or intelligence; to put forward for consideration. [from 14th c.].
  • To put on, stage (a play etc.). [from 16th c.].
    The theater is proud to present the Fearless Fliers.
  • (military) To point (a firearm) at something, to hold (a weapon) in a position ready to fire. [from 16th c.].
  • (reflexive) To offer oneself for mental consideration; to occur to the mind. [from 16th c.].
    Well, one idea does present itself.
  • (intransitive, medicine) To appear (in a specific way) for delivery (of a fetus); to appear first at the mouth of the uterus during childbirth. [from 18th c.].
  • (intransitive, medicine) To come to the attention of medical staff, especially with a specific symptom. [from 19th c.].
    The patient presented with insomnia.
  • To act as presenter on (a radio, television programme etc.). [from 20th c.].
    Anne Robinson presents "The Weakest Link".
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To make a present of.
  • To give a gift or presentation to (someone). [from 14th c.].
    She was presented with an honorary degree for her services to entertainment.
  • To give (a gift or presentation) to someone; to bestow. [from 14th c.].
  • To deliver (something abstract) as though as a gift; to offer. [from 14th c.].
    I presented my compliments to Lady Featherstoneshaw.
  • To hand over (a bill etc.) to be paid. [from 15th c.].
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The definition of present is someone or something that is at a specified place.

An example of present is a group of people that is already in a conference room for a meeting.

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Origin of present

Middle English presenten from Old French presenter from Latin presentāre to show from praesēns praesent- present participle of praeesse to be in front of present1