present

The word present has multiple meanings, most of which concern giving (a present is a gift) or time (the present is right now).

The verb present might mean to deliver something like a speech, or perform something like a play. On formal occasions, when we present someone, we introduce them, usually to a group or to the public. Present might also mean "to submit" or "hand over." In grammar, the present tense expresses actions or states occurring at the time we're speaking of them, that is to say, at this moment.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: present

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adjn
temporal sense; intermediate between past and future; now existing or happening or in consideration
the period of time that is happening now; any continuous stretch of time including the moment of speech
2
adj
being or existing in a specified place
3
nv
something presented as a gift
hand over formally
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v
introduce
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v
bring forward and present to the mind
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v
recognize with a gesture prescribed by a military regulation; assume a prescribed position
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: present
1

adj 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”
Synonyms
existing
presently existing
immediate
of the present time and place
inst, instant
in or of the present month
latter-day
belonging to the present or recent times
Antonyms:
past
earlier than the present time; no longer current
future
yet to be or coming
noncurrent
not current or belonging to the present time
incoming
arriving at a place or position
outgoing
leaving a place or a position
old
of long duration; not new
ago, agone
gone by; or in the past
ancient
belonging to times long past especially of the historical period before the fall of the Western Roman Empire
bygone, bypast, departed, foregone, gone
well in the past; former
chivalric, knightly, medieval
characteristic of the time of chivalry and knighthood in the Middle Ages
early, former, other
belonging to the distant past
erstwhile, former, old, one-time, onetime, quondam, sometime
belonging to some prior time
former, late, previous
(used especially of persons) of the immediate past
historic, historical
belonging to the past; of what is important or famous in the past
last
immediately past
late, recent
of the immediate past or just previous to the present time
olden
long past
other
recently past
prehistoric, prehistorical
belonging to or existing in times before recorded history
then
at a specific prior time
ult, ultimo
in or of the month preceding the present one
approaching, coming, forthcoming, upcoming
of the relatively near future
future day
yet to come
early
expected in the near future
emerging, rising
coming to maturity
in store
in readiness; awaiting
prox, proximo
in or of the next month after the present
prospective
of or concerned with or related to the future
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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”
Synonyms:
nowadays
Types:
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now
the momentary present
here and now, moment, present moment
at this time
date
the present
nonce, time being
the present occasion
today
the present time or age
tonight
the present or immediately coming night
Type of:
time
the continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past

n a verb tense that expresses actions or states at the time of speaking

Synonyms:
present tense
Types:
historical present
the use of the present tense to describe past actions or states
Type of:
tense
a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time
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adj being or existing in a specified place

“the murderer is present in this room”
present at the wedding”
present at the creation”
Synonyms
attendant
being present (at meeting or event etc.) "attendant members of the congreation"
ever-present
being always present
existing
existing in something specified
here
being here now
naturally occurring
existing by nature and without artificial aid
omnipresent, ubiquitous
being present everywhere at once
Antonyms:
absent
not being in a specified place
away
not present; having left
introuvable
impossible to find
awol, truant
absent without permission
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n something presented as a gift

“his tie was a present from his wife”
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birthday gift, birthday present
a present given in celebration of a person's birthday
Christmas gift, Christmas present
a present given at Christmas time
wedding gift, wedding present
a present given to someone getting married
stocking filler, stocking stuffer
a small Christmas present included in the Christmas stocking
bride-gift
a wedding present to the bride
Type of:
gift
something acquired without compensation

v hand over formally

Synonyms:
submit
Types:
bring in
submit (a verdict) to a court
Type of:
give
transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody

v give as a present; make a gift of

Synonyms:
gift, give
Types:
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dower, endow
furnish with an endowment
distribute, give out, hand out, pass out
give to several people
give away
make a gift of
raffle, raffle off
dispose of in a lottery
bung, fee, tip
give a tip or gratuity to in return for a service, beyond the compensation agreed on
bequeath, leave, will
leave or give by will after one's death
cede, deliver, give up, surrender
relinquish possession or control over
deed over, grant
transfer by deed
treat
provide with a gift or entertainment
donate
give to a charity or good cause
tender
offer or present for acceptance
render, submit
make over as a return
benefice
endow with a benefice
devise
give by will, especially real property
pass on
give to or transfer possession of
yield up
surrender, as a result of pressure or force
sell
give up for a price or reward
apportion, deal, divvy up, portion out, share
give out as one's portion or share
pledge, subscribe
pay (an amount of money) as a contribution to a charity or service, especially at regular intervals
sign away, sign over
formally assign ownership of
remember
show appreciation to
entail, fee-tail
limit the inheritance of property to a specific class of heirs

v give, especially as an honor or reward

Synonyms:
award
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certificate
present someone with a certificate
bestow, confer
present
miter
confer a miter on (a bishop)
bless
confer prosperity or happiness on
graduate
confer an academic degree upon
Type of:
allocate, apportion
distribute according to a plan or set apart for a special purpose

v present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize

Synonyms:
confront, face
confront, face, face up
deal with (something unpleasant) head on
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v introduce

Synonyms:
pose
Type of:
be, comprise, constitute, make up, represent
form or compose

v cause to come to know personally

Synonyms:
acquaint, introduce
acquaint, familiarise, familiarize
make familiar or conversant with
Types:
re-introduce, reintroduce
introduce anew
bring out, introduce
bring before the public for the first time, as of an actor, song, etc.
Type of:
inform
impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to

v formally present a debutante, a representative of a country, etc.

Type of:
acquaint, introduce
cause to come to know personally

v give an exhibition of to an interested audience

Synonyms:
demo, demonstrate, exhibit, show
Types:
bring home
make understandable and clear
Type of:
show
make visible or noticeable

v deliver (a speech, oration, or idea)

“The commencement speaker presented a forceful speech that impressed the students”
Synonyms:
deliver
Types:
speechify
make speeches; hold forth, or harangue with a certain degree of formality
Type of:
mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
express in speech

v perform (a play), especially on a stage

Synonyms:
represent, stage
Types:
localise, localize, place, set
locate
Type of:
re-create
create anew
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v bring forward and present to the mind

“We presented the arguments to him”
Synonyms:
lay out, represent
Types:
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argue, reason
present reasons and arguments
argue, indicate
give evidence of
spin
twist and turn so as to give an intended interpretation
re-argue
argue again
expostulate
reason with (somebody) for the purpose of dissuasion
defend, fend for, support
argue or speak in defense of
sugarcoat
cause to appear more pleasant or appealing
Type of:
say, state, tell
express in words

v represent abstractly, for example in a painting, drawing, or sculpture

Synonyms:
portray
Types:
commend
present as worthy of regard, kindness, or confidence
Type of:
interpret, represent
create an image or likeness of
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v recognize with a gesture prescribed by a military regulation; assume a prescribed position

Synonyms:
salute
Type of:
greet, recognise, recognize
express greetings upon meeting someone

WORD FORMS

adjnadjn
temporal sense
the period of time that is happening now
being or existing in a specified place
something bestowed as a gift
1 present
vvvv
hand over formally
introduce
bring forward to the mind
recognize with a gesture prescribed by a military regulation
2 present
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