Definitions for: Present

[n] a verb tense that expresses actions or states at the time of speaking
[n] something presented as a gift; "his tie was a present from his wife"
[n] 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"
[adj] spatial sense; being or existing in a specified place; "the murderer is present in this room"; "present at the wedding"; "present at the creation"
[adj] (grammar) a verb tense or other construction referring to events or states that exist at the moment
[v] bring forward and present to the mind; "We presented the arguments to him"; "We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason"
[v] recognize with a gesture prescribed by a miltary regulation; assume a prescribed position; "When the officers show up, the soldiers have to salute"
[v] cause to come to know personally; "permit me to acquaint you with my son"; "introduce the new neighbors to the community"
[v] formally present a debutante, a representative of a country, etc.
[v] deliver (a speech, oration, or idea); "The commencement speaker presented a forceful speech that impressed the students"
[v] 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"
[v] represent in a painting, drawing, sculpture, or verbally; "The father is portrayed as a good-looking man in this painting"
[v] perform (a play), esp. on a stage; "we are going to stage `Othello'"
[v] show or demonstrate something to an interested audience; "She shows her dogs frequently"; "We will demo the new software in Washington"
[v] give as a present; make a gift of; "What will you give her for her birthday?"
[v] give, esp. as a reward; "bestow honors and prizes at graduation"
[v] hand over formally
[v] introduce; "This poses an interesting question"

Webster (1913) Definition: Pres"ent, a. [F. pr['e]sent, L. praesens,-entis, that
is before one, in sight or at hand, p. p. of praeesse to be
before; prae before + esse to be. See Essence.]
1. Being at hand, within reach or call, within certain
contemplated limits; -- opposed to absent.

These things have I spoken unto you, being yet
present with you. --John xiv.

2. 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.

I'll bring thee to the present business --Shak.

3. Not delayed; immediate; instant; coincident. ``A present
recompense.'' ``A present pardon.'' --Shak.

An ambassador . . . desires a present audience.

4. Ready; quick in emergency; as a present wit. [R.]

5. Favorably attentive; propitious. [Archaic]

To find a god so present to my prayer. --Dryden.

Present tense (Gram.), the tense or form of a verb which
expresses action or being in the present time; as, I am
writing, I write, or I do write.

Pres"ent, n. [Cf. F. pr['e]sent. See Present, a.]
1. Present time; the time being; time in progress now, or at
the moment contemplated; as, at this present.

Past and present, wound in one. --Tennyson.

2. pl. (Law) 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

3. (Gram.) A present tense, or the form of the verb denoting
the present tense.

At present, at the present time; now.

For the present, for the tine being; temporarily.

In present, at once, without delay. [Obs.] ``With them, in
present, half his kingdom; the rest to follow at his
death.'' --Milton.

Pre*sent", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Presented; p. pr. &
vb. n. Presenting.] [F. pr['e]senter, L. praesentare, fr.
praesens, a. See Present, a.]
1. 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.

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to
present themselves before the lord. --Job i. 6

2. To exhibit or offer to view or notice; to lay before one's
perception or cognizance; to set forth; to present a fine

Lectorides's memory is ever . . . presenting him
with the thoughts of other persons. --I. Watts.

3. To pass over, esp. in a ceremonious manner; to give in
charge or possession; to deliver; to make over.

So ladies in romance assist their knight, Present
the spear, and arm him for the fight. --Pope.

4. To make a gift of; to bestow; to give, generally in a
formal or ceremonious manner; to grant; to confer.

My last, least offering, I present thee now.

5. Hence: To endow; to bestow a gift upon; to favor, as with
a donation; also, to court by gifts.

Octavia presented the poet for him admirable elegy
on her son Marcellus. --Dryden.

6. To present; to personate. [Obs.] --Shak.

7. In specific uses;
(a) To nominate to an ecclesiastical benefice; to offer to
the bishop or ordinary as a candidate for institution.

The patron of a church may present his clerk to
a parsonage or vicarage; that is, may offer him
to the bishop of the diocese to be instituted.
(b) To nominate for support at a public school or other
institution . --Lamb.
(c) 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.
(d) 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.
(e) To bring an indictment against . [U.S]
(f) To aim, point, or direct, as a weapon; as, to present
a pistol or the point of a sword to the breast of

Pesent arms (Mil.), the command in response to which the
gun is carried perpendicularly in front of the center of
the body, and held there with the left hand grasping it at
the lower band, and the right hand grasping the small of
the stock, in token of respect, as in saluting a superior
officer; also, the position taken at such a command.

Pre*sent", v. i. (Med.)
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.

Pres"ent, n. [F. pr['e]sent .]
Anything presented or given; a gift; a donative; as, a
Christmas present.

Syn: Gift; donation; donative; benefaction. See Gift.

Pre*sent", n. (Mil.)
The position of a soldier in presenting arms; as, to stand at

Synonyms: acquaint, attending, award, confront, deliver, demo, demonstrate, ever-present, exhibit, existing, face, gift, give, here(p), in attendance(p), introduce, lay out, naturally occurring, nowadays, omnipresent, portray, pose, present tense, represent, salute, show, stage, ubiquitous

Antonyms: absent

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