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At present

  • adverb at the present moment
    now.
    • goods now on sale
    • the now-aging dictator
    • they are now abroad
    • he is busy at present writing a new novel
    • it could happen any time now
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  • at the present time; now.
Webster 1913

birthday present

  • noun a present given in celebration of a person's birthday
    birthday gift.
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christmas present

  • noun a present given at Christmas time
    Christmas gift.
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clear and present danger

  • noun a standard for judging when freedom of speech can be abridged
    • no one has a right to shout `fire' in a crowded theater when there is no fire because such an action would pose a clear and present danger to public safety
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ever-present

  • adjective satellite being always present
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For the present

  • for the tine being; temporarily.
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historical present

  • noun the use of the present tense to describe past actions or states
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In present

  • at once, without delay. Obs. "With them, in present, half his kingdom; the rest to follow at his death." Milton.
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Pesent arms

  • (Mil.), the command in response to which the gun is carried perpendicularly in front of the center of the body, and held there with the left hand grasping it at the lower band, and the right hand grasping the small of the stock, in token of respect, as in saluting a superior officer; also, the position taken at such a command.
Webster 1913

present moment

  • noun at this time
    moment; here and now.
    • the disappointments of the here and now
    • she is studying at the moment
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present participle

  • noun a participle expressing present action; in English is formed by adding -ing
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present perfect

  • noun a perfective tense used to express action completed in the present
    present perfect.
    • `I have finished' is an example of the present perfect
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present perfect tense

  • noun a perfective tense used to express action completed in the present
    present perfect.
    • `I have finished' is an example of the present perfect
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present progressive

  • noun a tense used to express action that is on-going at the time of utterance
    present progressive.
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present progressive tense

  • noun a tense used to express action that is on-going at the time of utterance
    present progressive.
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Present tense

  • noun a verb tense that expresses actions or states at the time of speaking
    present.
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  • (Gram.), the tense or form of a verb which expresses action or being in the present time; as, I am writing, I write, or I do write.
Webster 1913

present times

  • noun the circumstances and ideas of the present age
    modern world; contemporary world; modern times.
    • in modern times like these
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present-day

  • adjective satellite belonging to the present time
    contemporary.
    • contemporary leaders
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re-present

Re`-pre*sent" transitive verb
Definitions
  1. To present again; as, to re-present the points of an argument.
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wedding present

  • noun a present given to someone getting married
    wedding gift.
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"Rowling never met an adverb she didn't like."

-Stephen King on J.K Rowling's excessive use of adverbs.

Fear not the Adverb Hell!

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