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Verb: present  pre-zunt
  1. Give an exhibition of to an interested audience
    "She presents her dogs frequently";
    - show, demo, exhibit, demonstrate, showcase
  2. Tell or show, often with explanation and alternatives
    "We presented the arguments to him";
    - represent, lay out
  3. (performing arts) perform (a play), especially on a stage
    "we are going to present 'Othello'";
    - stage, represent
  4. Hand over formally
    - submit
  5. (of a question, problem, etc) ask, set or introduce
    "This presents an interesting question";
    - pose
  6. Give, especially as an honour or reward
    - award
  7. Give as a present; make a gift of
    "What will you present her for her birthday?";
    - give, gift
  8. Express clearly or formally in words (a speech, oration, or idea)
    "The commencement speaker presented a forceful speech that impressed the students";
    - deliver
  9. Cause to come to know personally
    "present the new neighbours to the community";
    - introduce, acquaint
  10. (art) represent abstractly, for example in a painting, drawing, or sculpture
    "The father is presented as a good-looking man in this painting";
    - portray
  11. Show something to somebody, usually to accuse or criticize
    "We presented him with the evidence";
    - confront, face
  12. Formally introduce a debutante, a representative of a country, etc.
  13. Recognize with a gesture prescribed by a military regulation; assume a prescribed position
    "When the officers show up, the soldiers have to present";
    - salute
Adjective: present  pre-zunt
  1. Temporal sense; intermediate between past and future; now existing, happening or in consideration
    "the present leader"; "articles for present use"; "the present topic"; "the present system"; "present observations"
  2. Being or existing in a specified place
    "the murderer is present in this room"; "present at the wedding"; "present at the creation"
Noun: present  pre-zunt
  1. 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";
    - nowadays
  2. Something presented as a gift
    "his tie was a present from his wife";
    - prezzie [Brit, informal], pressie [Brit, informal]
  3. A verb tense that expresses actions or states at the time of speaking
    - present tense

Derived forms: presenting, presents, presented

See also: attendant, ever-present, existing, here, immediate, inst, instant, latter-day, naturally occurring, omnipresent, presence, timing, ubiquitous

Type of: allocate, apportion, be, comprise, constitute, gift, give, greet, inform, interpret, make up, mouth, recognise [Brit], recognize, recreate, re-create, represent, say, show, speak, state, talk, tell, tense, time, utter, verbalise [Brit], verbalize

Antonym: absent, future, past

Encyclopedia: Present