1 [prez-uhnt]
being, existing, or occurring at this time or now; current: the present ruler.
at this time; at hand; immediate: articles for present use.
noting an action or state occurring at the moment of speaking. Knows is a present form in He knows that.
noting or pertaining to a tense or other verb formation with such meaning.
being with one or others or in the specified or understood place: to be present at the wedding.
being here: Is everyone present?
existing or occurring in a place, thing, combination, or the like: Carbon is present in many minerals.
being actually here or under consideration: the present document; the present topic.
being before the mind.
Obsolete. mentally alert and calm, especially in emergencies.
Obsolete. immediate or instant.
the present time.
the present tense.
a verb formation or construction with present meaning.
a form in the present.
presents, Law. the present writings, or this document, used in a deed of conveyance, a lease, etc., to denote the document itself: Know all men by these presents.
Obsolete. the matter in hand.
at present, at the present time or moment; now: There are no job openings here at present.
for the present, for now; temporarily: For the present, we must be content with matters as they stand.

1250–1300; (adj.) Middle English < Old French < Latin praesent- (stem of praesēns) present participle of praeësse to be present, before others, i.e., to preside, be in charge; (noun) Middle English: presence, spatial or temporal present; partly derivative of the adj., partly < Old French. See pre-, is, -ent

presentness, noun

1. extant. See current.

1. absent. Unabridged


2 [v. pri-zent; n. prez-uhnt]
verb (used with object)
to furnish or endow with a gift or the like, especially by formal act: to present someone with a gold watch.
to bring, offer, or give, often in a formal or ceremonious way: to present one's card.
afford or furnish (an opportunity, possibility, etc.).
to hand over or submit, as a bill or a check, for payment: The waiter presented our bill for lunch.
to introduce (a person) to another, especially in a formal manner: Mrs. Smith, may I present Mr. Jones?
to bring before or introduce to the public: to present a new play.
to come to show (oneself) before a person, in or at a place, etc.
to show or exhibit: This theater will present films on a larger screen.
to bring forth or render for or before another or others; offer for consideration: to present an alternative plan.
to set forth in words; frame or articulate: to present arguments.
to represent, impersonate, or act, as on the stage.
to direct, point, or turn (something) to something or someone: He presented his back to the audience.
to level or aim (a weapon, especially a firearm).
to bring against, as a formal charge against a person.
to bring formally to the notice of the proper authority, as an offense.
British Ecclesiastical. to offer or recommend (a member of the clergy) to the bishop for institution to a benefice.
verb (used without object)
(of a fetus) to be visible at the cervix during labor: In a normal delivery, the baby’s head presents first.
(of a medical condition) to be evident from the presence of certain symptoms: Depression often presents with disturbed sleep or appetite.
(of a patient) to have a certain symptom or medical condition, especially as reported during a medical examination: A 22-year-old man presents with shortness of breath.
noun, present.
a thing presented as a gift; gift: Christmas presents.

1175–1225; (noun) Middle English < Old French, orig. in phrase en present in presence (see present1); (v.) Middle English presenten < Old French presenter < Medieval Latin praesentāre to give, show, present for approval, Latin: to exhibit (to the mind or senses), derivative of praesēns present1

self-presented, adjective
unpresented, adjective

1. bestow, donate. See give. 2. proffer. 3. yield. 5. See introduce. 9. introduce. 11. enact. 17. benefaction, grant, tip, gratuity. Present, gift, donation, bonus refer to something freely given. Present and gift are both used of something given as an expression of affection, friendship, interest, or respect. Present is the less formal; gift is generally used of something conferred (especially with ceremony) on an individual, a group, or an institution: a birthday present; a gift to a bride. Donation applies to an important gift, most often of money and usually of considerable size, though the term is often used to avoid the suggestion of charity in speaking of small gifts to or for the needy: a donation to an endowment fund, to the Red Cross. Bonus applies to something, again usually money, given in addition to what is due, especially to employees who have worked for a long time or particularly well: a bonus at the end of the year. Unabridged
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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
7.  the present the time being; now
8.  grammar
 a.  the present tense
 b.  a verb in this tense
9.  at present at the moment; now
10.  for the present for the time being; temporarily
[C13: from Latin praesens, from praeesse to be in front of, from prae- before, in front + esse to be]

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.  chiefly (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.  (intr) med to seek treatment for a particular symptom or problem: she presented with postnatal depression
19.  informal (intr) to produce a favourable, etc impression: she presents well in public; he presents as harmless but has poisoned his family
20.  present oneself to appear, esp at a specific time and place
21.  anything that is presented; a gift
22.  make someone a present of something to give someone something: I'll make you a present of a new car
[C13: from Old French presenter, from Latin praesentāre to exhibit, offer, from praesenspresent1]

presents (ˈprɛzənts)
pl n
law used in a deed or document to refer to itself: know all men by these presents

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, "existing at the time," from O.Fr. present (11c.), from L. præsentem (nom. præsens) "present, immediate, prompt," from prp. of præesse "be before (someone or something), be at hand," from præ- "before" + esse "to be." Meaning "being there" is from mid-14c. As a grammatical
tense, recorded from late 14c.

late 13c., "to bring into the presence of," from O.Fr. presenter, from L. præsentare "to place before, show, exhibit," from præsens (see present (adj.)). Meaning "to give as a gift" first recorded mid-13c. Presentable "suitable in appearance" is first attested 1800.

early 13c., "thing offered, gift," from O.Fr. present, in phrases en present "(to offer) in the presence of," mettre en present "place before, give," from L.L. inpraesent "face to face," from L. in re præsenti "in the situation in question," from præsens "being there" (see
present (adj.)), on the notion of "bringing something into someone's presence." Meaning "this point in time" (opposed to past and future) is attested from c.1500.
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Medical Dictionary

present pre·sent (prĭ-zěnt')
v. pre·sent·ed, pre·sent·ing, pre·sents

  1. To appear or be felt first during birth. Used of the part of the fetus that proceeds first through the birth canal.

  2. To come before a doctor or nurse, as with a medical problem or condition.

  3. To manifest a symptom.

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Example sentences
Easy enough to drop the presents by on your way out of town to say a personal
  farewell and thank you.
Females clearly prefer males bearing edible presents.
Something tells me this is a year people will appreciate practical presents.
Actual driving presents dangers that divert attention from what's said more
  than virtual driving does, he adds.
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