present Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun 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
noun something presented as a gift
- his tie was a present from his wife
noun a verb tense that expresses actions or states at the time of speaking
verb give an exhibition of to an interested audience
exhibit; demo; demonstrate; show.
- She shows her dogs frequently
- We will demo the new software in Washington
verb bring forward and present to the mind
represent; lay out.
- We presented the arguments to him
- We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason
verb perform (a play), especially on a stage
- we are going to stage `Othello'
verb hand over formally
- This poses an interesting question
verb give, especially as an honor or reward
- bestow honors and prizes at graduation
verb give as a present; make a gift of
- What will you give her for her birthday?
verb deliver (a speech, oration, or idea)
- The commencement speaker presented a forceful speech that impressed the students
verb cause to come to know personally
- permit me to acquaint you with my son
- introduce the new neighbors to the community
verb represent abstractly, for example in a painting, drawing, or sculpture
- The father is portrayed as a good-looking man in this painting
verb 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
verb formally present a debutante, a representative of a country, etc.
verb recognize with a gesture prescribed by a military regulation; assume a prescribed position
- When the officers show up, the soldiers have to salute
adjective 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
adjective being or existing in a specified place
- the murderer is present in this room
- present at the wedding
- present at the creation
Being at hand, within reach or call, within certain contemplated limits; -- opposed to absent.
These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. John xiv. 25.
Now existing, or in process; begun but not ended; now in view, or under consideration; being at this time; not past or future; as, the presentsession of Congress; the presentstate of affairs; the presentinstance.
I'll bring thee to the present business Shak.
Not delayed; immediate; instant; coincident."A present recompense." "A present pardon." Shak.
An ambassador . . . desires a present audience. Massinger.
Ready; quick in emergency; as a present wit.R.
Favorably attentive; propitious.Archaic
To find a god so present to my prayer. Dryden.
Present time; the time being; time in progress now, or at the moment contemplated; as, at this present.
Past and present, wound in one. Tennyson.
(Law) Present letters or instrument, as a deed of conveyance, a lease, letter of attorney, or other writing; as in the phrase, " Know all men by these presents," that is, by the writing itself, " per has literas praesentes; " -- in this sense, rarely used in the singular.
(Gram.) A present tense, or the form of the verb denoting the present tense.
Pre*sent" transitive verb
To bring or introduce into the presence of some one, especially of a superior; to introduce formally; to offer for acquaintance; as, to; (with the reciprocal pronoun) to come into the presence of a superior. presentan envoy to the king
Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the lord. Job i. 6
To exhibit or offer to view or notice; to lay before one's perception or cognizance; to set forth; to present a fine appearance.
Lectorides's memory is ever . . . presenting him with the thoughts of other persons. I. Watts.
To pass over, esp. in a ceremonious manner; to give in charge or possession; to deliver; to make over.
So ladies in romance assist their knight, Present the spear, and arm him for the fight. Pope.
To make a gift of; to bestow; to give, generally in a formal or ceremonious manner; to grant; to confer.
My last, least offering, I present thee now. Cowper.
Hence: To endow; to bestow a gift upon; to favor, as with a donation; also, to court by gifts.
Octavia presented the poet for him admirable elegy on her son Marcellus. Dryden.
To present; to personate.Obs. Shak.
- In specific uses;
(a) To nominate to an ecclesiastical benefice; to offer to the bishop or ordinary as a candidate for institution.
The patron of a church may present his clerk to a parsonage or vicarage; that is, may offer him to the bishop of the diocese to be instituted. Blackstone.
(b) To nominate for support at a public school or other institution. Lamb. (c) To lay before a public body, or an official, for consideration, as before a legislature, a court of judicature, a corporation, etc.; as, to. presenta memorial, petition, remonstrance, or indictment (d) To lay before a court as an object of inquiry; to give notice officially of, as a crime of offence; to find or represent judicially;. as, a grand jury presentcertain offenses or nuisances, or whatever they think to be public injuries (e) To bring an indictment against. U.S (f) To aim, point, or direct, as a weapon;. as, to presenta pistol or the point of a sword to the breast of another
Pre*sent" intransitive verb
(Med.) To appear at the mouth of the uterus so as to be perceptible to the finger in vaginal examination; -- said of a part of an infant during labor.
Anything presented or given; a gift; a donative; as, a Christmas. present Syn. -- Gift; donation; donative; benefaction. See Gift.
(Mil.) The position of a soldier in presenting arms; as, to stand at. present
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