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historical present

noun, Grammar
the present tense used in narrating a past event as if happening at the time of narration.
Origin of historical present
1960-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for historical pre-sent

historical present

the present tense used to narrate past events, usually employed in English for special effect or in informal use, as in a week ago I'm walking down the street and I see this accident
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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