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. give as a present; make a gift of; " What will you give her for her birthday?"
  5. bring forward and present to the mind; " We presented the arguments to him"; " We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason"
  6. 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"
  7. represent in a painting, drawing, sculpture, or verbally; " The father is portrayed as a good- looking man in this painting"
  8. introduce; " This poses an interesting question"
  9. a verb tense that expresses actions or states at the time of speaking
  10. something presented as a gift; " his tie was a present from his wife"
  11. spatial sense; being or existing in a specified place; " the murderer is present in this room"; " present at the wedding"; " present at the creation"
  12. ( grammar) a verb tense or other construction referring to events or states that exist at the moment
  13. recognize with a gesture prescribed by a miltary regulation; assume a prescribed position; " When the officers show up, the soldiers have to salute"
  14. formally present a debutante, a representative of a country, etc.
  15. 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"
  16. hand over formally
  17. perform ( a play), especially on a stage; " we are going to stage ` Othello'"
  18. give, especially as a reward; " bestow honors and prizes at graduation"
  19. Being at hand, within reach or call, within certain contemplated limits; -- opposed to absent.
  20. 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.
  21. Not delayed; immediate; instant; coincident.
  22. Ready; quick in emergency; as a present wit.
  23. Favorably attentive; propitious.
  24. Present time; the time being; time in progress now, or at the moment contemplated; as, at this present.
  25. 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.
  26. A present tense, or the form of the verb denoting the present tense.
  27. 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.
  28. To exhibit or offer to view or notice; to lay before one's perception or cognizance; to set forth; to present a fine appearance.
  29. To pass over, esp. in a ceremonious manner; to give in charge or possession; to deliver; to make over.
  30. To make a gift of; to bestow; to give, generally in a formal or ceremonious manner; to grant; to confer.
  31. Hence: To endow; to bestow a gift upon; to favor, as with a donation; also, to court by gifts.
  32. To present; to personate.
  33. To nominate to an ecclesiastical benefice; to offer to the bishop or ordinary as a candidate for institution.
  34. To nominate for support at a public school or other institution.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. To bring an indictment against.
  38. To aim, point, or direct, as a weapon; as, to present a pistol or the point of a sword to the breast of another.
  39. 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.
  40. Anything presented or given; a gift; a donative; as, a Christmas present.
  41. The position of a soldier in presenting arms; as, to stand at present.
  42. 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.
  43. The time now here; a gift or donation.
  44. 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.
  45. Presenter.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. Present time.
  49. 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.
  51. That which is presented or given, a gift.
  52. In a certain place; being now or here; immediate.
  53. Presentation.
  54. The present time; a gift.
  55. To set before; introduce; offer; give; indict.
  56. To introduce; confer a gift upon; give; suggest; offer.
  57. Being in this place or in a place specified as where some event occurs.
  58. Now going on or in mind.
  59. Impending; instant.
  60. Presently.
  61. The present tense.
  62. A present matter.
  63. 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.
  64. What is written in a deed of conveyance or other instrument.
  65. A donation or gift.
  66. 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.
  67. 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.
  68. That which is given or presented; a gift.
  69. 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.

Usage examples for present

  1. At present, we can only wait for an answer to her letter. – The Doctor A Tale Of The Rockies by Ralph Connor
  2. You had better leave him to us for the present. – Foul Play by Charles Reade Dion Boucicault
  3. Nothing of the kind was doing at present. – The Amazing Marriage, v3 by George Meredith Edition: 10 Language: English
  4. 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
  5. At Mrs. Grant's- for the present. – Rose MacLeod by Alice Brown
  6. You can be present or not, as you please. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  7. At present there is other work for us to do. – The Lifeboat by R.M. Ballantyne
  8. So you say I had better make you a present of it. – The Sweep Winner by Nat Gould
  9. For what can present things be? – The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning by Hugh Binning
  10. Well, how could you present that? – Crossroads of Destiny by Henry Beam Piper
  11. But I cannot leave him at present. – By Pike and Dyke: A Tale of the Rise of the Dutch Republic by G.A. Henty
  12. None at all at present, sir. – Turned Adrift by Harry Collingwood
  13. There, my dear, said Eustace to his wife, there is a present for you. – Mr. Meeson's Will by H. Rider Haggard
  14. You will be safe there for the present. – The Hollow of Her Hand by George Barr McCutcheon