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. Being at hand, within reach or call, within certain contemplated limits; -- opposed to absent.
  19. 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.
  20. Not delayed; immediate; instant; coincident.
  21. Ready; quick in emergency; as a present wit.
  22. Favorably attentive; propitious.
  23. Present time; the time being; time in progress now, or at the moment contemplated; as, at this present.
  24. 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.
  25. A present tense, or the form of the verb denoting the present tense.
  26. 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.
  27. To exhibit or offer to view or notice; to lay before one's perception or cognizance; to set forth; to present a fine appearance.
  28. To pass over, esp. in a ceremonious manner; to give in charge or possession; to deliver; to make over.
  29. To make a gift of; to bestow; to give, generally in a formal or ceremonious manner; to grant; to confer.
  30. Hence: To endow; to bestow a gift upon; to favor, as with a donation; also, to court by gifts.
  31. To present; to personate.
  32. To nominate to an ecclesiastical benefice; to offer to the bishop or ordinary as a candidate for institution.
  33. To nominate for support at a public school or other institution.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. To bring an indictment against.
  37. To aim, point, or direct, as a weapon; as, to present a pistol or the point of a sword to the breast of another.
  38. 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.
  39. Anything presented or given; a gift; a donative; as, a Christmas present.
  40. The position of a soldier in presenting arms; as, to stand at present.
  41. 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.
  42. The time now here; a gift or donation.
  43. 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.
  44. Presenter.
  45. 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.
  46. Present time.
  47. 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.
  49. That which is presented or given, a gift.
  50. In a certain place; being now or here; immediate.
  51. Presentation.
  52. The present time; a gift.
  53. To set before; introduce; offer; give; indict.
  54. To introduce; confer a gift upon; give; suggest; offer.
  55. Being in this place or in a place specified as where some event occurs.
  56. Now going on or in mind.
  57. Impending; instant.
  58. Presently.
  59. The present tense.
  60. A present matter.
  61. 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.
  62. What is written in a deed of conveyance or other instrument.
  63. A donation or gift.
  64. 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.
  65. 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.
  66. That which is given or presented; a gift.
  67. 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