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Definitions of present

  1. cause to come to know personally; " permit me to acquaint you with my son"; " introduce the new neighbors to the community"
  2. 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"
  3. deliver ( a speech, oration, or idea); " The commencement speaker presented a forceful speech that impressed the students"
  4. show or demonstrate something to an interested audience; " She shows her dogs frequently"; " We will demo the new software in Washington"
  5. give as a present; make a gift of; " What will you give her for her birthday?"
  6. bring forward and present to the mind; " We presented the arguments to him"; " We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason"
  7. 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"
  8. represent in a painting, drawing, sculpture, or verbally; " The father is portrayed as a good- looking man in this painting"
  9. introduce; " This poses an interesting question"
  10. a verb tense that expresses actions or states at the time of speaking
  11. something presented as a gift; " his tie was a present from his wife"
  12. spatial sense; being or existing in a specified place; " the murderer is present in this room"; " present at the wedding"; " present at the creation"
  13. ( grammar) a verb tense or other construction referring to events or states that exist at the moment
  14. recognize with a gesture prescribed by a miltary regulation; assume a prescribed position; " When the officers show up, the soldiers have to salute"
  15. formally present a debutante, a representative of a country, etc.
  16. perform ( a play), esp. on a stage; " we are going to stage ` Othello'"
  17. 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"
  18. hand over formally
  19. perform ( a play), especially on a stage; " we are going to stage ` Othello'"
  20. give, especially as a reward; " bestow honors and prizes at graduation"
  21. A gift.
  22. Being at hand, within reach or call, within certain contemplated limits; -- opposed to absent.
  23. 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 present session of Congress; the present state of affairs; the present instance.
  24. Not delayed; immediate; instant; coincident.
  25. Ready; quick in emergency; as a present wit.
  26. Favorably attentive; propitious.
  27. Present time; the time being; time in progress now, or at the moment contemplated; as, at this present.
  28. 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.
  29. A present tense, or the form of the verb denoting the present tense.
  30. To bring or introduce into the presence of some one, especially of a superior; to introduce formally; to offer for acquaintance; as, to present an envoy to the king; ( with the reciprocal pronoun) to come into the presence of a superior.
  31. To exhibit or offer to view or notice; to lay before one's perception or cognizance; to set forth; to present a fine appearance.
  32. To pass over, esp. in a ceremonious manner; to give in charge or possession; to deliver; to make over.
  33. To make a gift of; to bestow; to give, generally in a formal or ceremonious manner; to grant; to confer.
  34. Hence: To endow; to bestow a gift upon; to favor, as with a donation; also, to court by gifts.
  35. To present; to personate.
  36. To nominate to an ecclesiastical benefice; to offer to the bishop or ordinary as a candidate for institution.
  37. To nominate for support at a public school or other institution.
  38. To lay before a public body, or an official, for consideration, as before a legislature, a court of judicature, a corporation, etc.; as, to present a memorial, petition, remonstrance, or indictment.
  39. 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 present certain offenses or nuisances, or whatever they think to be public injuries.
  40. To bring an indictment against.
  41. To aim, point, or direct, as a weapon; as, to present a pistol or the point of a sword to the breast of another.
  42. 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.
  43. Anything presented or given; a gift; a donative; as, a Christmas present.
  44. The position of a soldier in presenting arms; as, to stand at present.
  45. Being in a certain place; being at hand or in sight: opposite to absent; existing at this time; not past or future; instant or immediate; in grammar, denoting time that now is.
  46. The time now here; a gift or donation.
  47. To bring before someone; to introduce; to bring to view or notice; to offer as a gift; to make a gift to; to lay before for consideration.
  48. Presenter.
  49. To precede or appear first at the os uteri, said of the part of the fetus which is felt by the examining finger of the accoucheur.
  50. Being in a certain place ( opp. to ABSENT): now under view or consideration: being at this time: not past or future: ready at hand: attentive: not absent- minded: ( gram.) denoting time just now, or making a general statement.
  51. Present time.
  52. To set before, to introduce: to exhibit to view: to offer: to put into the possession of another: to make a gift of: to lay before for consideration: to point, as a gun before firing.
  53. PRESENTABLE.
  54. That which is presented or given, a gift.
  55. In a certain place; being now or here; immediate.
  56. Presentation.
  57. The present time; a gift.
  58. To set before; introduce; offer; give; indict.
  59. To introduce; confer a gift upon; give; suggest; offer.
  60. Being in this place or in a place specified as where some event occurs.
  61. Now going on or in mind.
  62. Impending; instant.
  63. Presently.
  64. The present tense.
  65. A present matter.
  66. Being in a certain place; being before the face or near; being now in view or under consideration; being at this time; ready at hand; favourably attentive; not absent in mind. Present tense, the form of a verb which expresses action or being in the present time. The present, the present time.
  67. What is written in a deed of conveyance or other instrument.
  68. A donation or gift.
  69. To Introduce into the presence of a superior; to exhibit; to give; to offer; to point, as a gun, to another; to nominate to an ecclesiastical benefice; to lay before a public body or a court; to indict. To present arms, to hold them out in token of respect.
  70. Being in a certain place; being in sight or at hand; not absent; being in company; not past or future; favourably attentive; not absent of mind; attentive.
  71. That which is given or presented; a gift.
  72. To set or place in the presence of; to introduce to a superior; to exhibit to view; to give to formally and ceremoniously; to favour with a gift; to exhibit; to appoint to a church living; to point or direct, as a gun before discharging it; to salute by holding out arms, as a company of soldiers.
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Quotes of present

  1. For Africa to me... is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place. – Maya Angelou
  2. We are similar to a museum. My function is to present old masterpieces in modern frames. – Rudolf Bing
  3. And for myself, I think for the present He is calling me to another land; but how long shall be my abode, or what employment He has for me there, I know not, for I cannot think He is taking me there to live and lurk only. – Donald Cargill
  4. The present in New York is so powerful that the past is lost. – John Jay Chapman
  5. Mothers don't let your daughters grow up to be models unless you're present – Janice Dickinson
  6. I think that being a conscious parent opens your eyes to the fact that any adult relationships that you have, whenever children are present on a daily basis, that they're modeling how they get along with people by what they see how you get along. – Peter Krause
  7. When I'm writing a novel, I'm dealing with a double life. I live in the present at the same time that I live in the past with my characters. It is this that makes a novelist so eccentric and unpleasant. – John Phillips Marquand
  8. Personally, I think that for example the chemical directive in its present form does too much damage to the chemical industry- especially the medium sized businesses- and will hurt our worldwide competitiveness. – Angela Merkel
  9. This opinion, however, is held by most, that the devil was an angel, and that, having become an apostate, he induced as many of the angels as possible to fall away with himself, and these up to the present time are called his angels. – Origen
  10. If the machinery for distribution in the present economic system of the world is incapable of properly distributing the productive wealth of nations, then that system is false and must be altered. – Gregor Strasser
  11. To think the world therefore a general Bedlam, or place of madmen, and oneself a physician, is the most necessary point of present wisdom: an important imagination, and the way to happiness. – Thomas Traherne
  12. As for the historical inspirations I drew on in writing The Snow Queen, I suppose I would call them more cross -cultural inspirations, though they frequently involve past societies as well as present day ones. – Joan D. Vinge
  13. Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. – William Arthur Ward
  14. It could be that the methods needed to take the next step may simply be beyond present day mathematics. Perhaps the methods I needed to complete the proof would not be invented for a hundred years. – Andrew Wiles
  15. The general statement that the mental faculties are class concepts, belonging to descriptive psychology, relieves us of the necessity of discussing them and their significance at the present stage of our inquiry. – Wilhelm Wundt

Usage examples for present

  1. " If not found in the present Mr. Markland, will it ever be found? – The Good Time Coming by T. S. Arthur
  2. But I cannot leave him at present – By Pike and Dyke: A Tale of the Rise of the Dutch Republic by G.A. Henty
  3. At Mrs. Grant's- for the present – Rose MacLeod by Alice Brown
  4. So you say I had better make you a present of it. – The Sweep Winner by Nat Gould
  5. At present we can only wait for an answer to her letter. – The Doctor A Tale Of The Rockies by Ralph Connor
  6. You will be safe there for the present – The Hollow of Her Hand by George Barr McCutcheon
  7. You can be present or not, as you please. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  8. What are you going to bring me for a present – Eugene Field, A Study In Heredity And Contradictions by Slason Thompson
  9. Nothing of the kind was doing at present – The Amazing Marriage, v3 by George Meredith Edition: 10 Language: English
  10. However, it's all right; don't give them me at present if you would rather not. – A Houseful of Girls by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  11. Let me present M. Valgrand! – Fantômas by Pierre Souvestre Marcel Allain
  12. None at all at present sir. – Turned Adrift by Harry Collingwood
  13. I can say no more at present – The Saint by Antonio Fogazzaro Commentator: William Roscoe Thayer
  14. That will be quite enough for the present – The Necromancers by Robert Hugh Benson
  15. All I can see at present – Weapons of Mystery by Joseph Hocking
  16. Well, how could you present that? – Crossroads of Destiny by Henry Beam Piper
  17. At present there is other work for us to do. – The Lifeboat by R.M. Ballantyne
  18. You had better leave him to us for the present – Foul Play by Charles Reade Dion Boucicault
  19. For what can present things be? – The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning by Hugh Binning
  20. There, my dear, said Eustace to his wife, there is a present for you. – Mr. Meeson's Will by H. Rider Haggard
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