present  

  • Definition of present

    • (n): a verb tense that expresses actions or states at the time of speaking  
    • (n): something presented as a gift; "his tie was a present from his wife"  
    • (n): 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"  
    • (v): bring forward and present to the mind; "We presented the arguments to him"; "We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason"  
    • (v): recognize with a gesture prescribed by a miltary regulation; assume a prescribed position; "When the officers show up, the soldiers have to salute"  
    • (v): cause to come to know personally; "permit me to acquaint you with my son"; "introduce the new neighbors to the community"  
    • (v): formally present a debutante, a representative of a country, etc.  
    • (v): deliver (a speech, oration, or idea); "The commencement speaker presented a forceful speech that impressed the students"  
    • (v): 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"  
    • (v): represent in a painting, drawing, sculpture, or verbally; "The father is portrayed as a good-looking man in this painting"  
    • (v): perform (a play), especially on a stage; "we are going to stage `Othello''"  
    • (v): show or demonstrate something to an interested audience; "She shows her dogs frequently"; "We will demo the new software in Washington"  
    • (v): give as a present; make a gift of; "What will you give her for her birthday?"  
    • (v): give, especially as a reward; "bestow honors and prizes at graduation"  
    • (v): hand over formally  
    • (v): introduce; "This poses an interesting question"  
    • (a): spatial sense; being or existing in a specified place; "the murderer is present in this room"; "present at the wedding"; "present at the creation"  

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