Present - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈpreznt|  American pronunciation of the word present
Brit.  |ˈprez(ə)nt|  British pronunciation of the word present


- the period of time that is happening now; any continuous stretch of time including the moment of speech (syn: nowadays)
that is enough for the present
he lives in the present with no thought of tomorrow
- something presented as a gift
his tie was a present from his wife
- a verb tense that expresses actions or states at the time of speaking


- give an exhibition of to an interested audience (syn: demo, demonstrate, exhibit, show)
- bring forward and present to the mind (syn: lay out, represent)
We presented the arguments to him
We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason
- perform (a play), especially on a stage (syn: represent, stage)
- hand over formally (syn: submit)
- introduce (syn: pose)
- give, especially as an honor or reward (syn: award)
- give as a present; make a gift of (syn: gift, give)
- deliver (a speech, oration, or idea) (syn: deliver)
The commencement speaker presented a forceful speech that impressed the students
- cause to come to know personally (syn: acquaint, introduce)
- represent abstractly, for example in a painting, drawing, or sculpture (syn: portray)
- present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize (syn: confront, face)
- formally present a debutante, a representative of a country, etc.
- recognize with a gesture prescribed by a military regulation; assume a prescribed position (syn: salute)


- 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
- being or existing in a specified place
the murderer is present in this room
present at the wedding
present at the creation

Extra examples

He presented the queen with a diamond necklace.

He was presented with a medal at the ceremony.

She presented a check for $5,000 to the charity.

The scientist presented his results to the committee.

She will be presenting a paper on methods for teaching ESL at the conference.

What time will you be presenting?

An offer was presented for our consideration.

The Main Street Theater Company is presenting Shakespeare's Othello next month.

The museum is presenting an exhibition of paintings by Monet.

The game has existed in its present form for more than 300 years.

...I am very busy at the present moment....

I am happy to present this gift to the hospital.

When you're presented with a chance to improve your position, take advantage of it.

Let me present my husband to you.

Never present a gun at someone.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: present
he/she/it: presents
present participle: presenting
past tense: presented
past participle: presented
singular: present
plural: presents
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