presentation

The noun presentation means the official giving, or presenting, of something. The presentation of diplomas at a graduation ceremony is the part that makes many of the parents in the audience cry.

A presentation can be a ceremony of giving some gift or award, and it can also be a demonstration or show — like a dog training presentation at your local pet store. Another meaning of presentation is a style of displaying something — like the presentation of plants and flowers in the florist's window or the presentation of food on a buffet table. In the 1600s, presentation was commonly used to mean "show or play," as in "a theatrical presentation."

Definitions of presentation
  1. noun
    the activity of formally presenting something (as a prize or reward)
    “she gave the trophy but he made the presentation
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    ceremony
    the proper or conventional behavior on some solemn occasion
  2. noun
    the act of presenting a proposal
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    first reading
    the first presentation of a bill in a legislature
    second reading
    the second presentation of a bill in a legislature; to approve its general principles (Britain) or to discuss a committee's report and take a vote (US)
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    proposal, proposition
    the act of making a proposal
  3. noun
    the act of making something publicly available; presenting news or other information by broadcasting or printing it
    “he prepared his presentation carefully in advance”
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    unveiling
    putting on display for the first time
    production
    a presentation for the stage or screen or radio or television
    staging, theatrical production
    the production of a drama on the stage
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    display
    exhibiting openly in public view
  4. noun
    formally making a person known to another or to the public
    synonyms: intro, introduction
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    debut
    the presentation of a debutante in society
    reintroduction
    an act of renewed introduction
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    informing, making known
    a speech act that conveys information
  5. noun
    a show or display; the act of presenting something to sight or view
    “the presentation of new data”
    synonyms: demonstration, presentment
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    exhibition
    the act of exhibiting
    exposure
    presentation to view in an open or public manner
    performance
    the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment
    lecture demonstration
    presentation of an example of what the lecturer is discoursing about
    counterdemonstration
    a demonstration held in opposition to another demonstration
    dramatic performance, dramatic production
    the act of performing a drama
    encore
    an extra or repeated performance; usually given in response to audience demand
    extemporisation, extemporization, improvisation
    a performance given extempore without planning or preparation
    juggle, juggling
    throwing and catching several objects simultaneously
    conjuration, conjuring trick, deception, illusion, legerdemain, magic, magic trick, thaumaturgy, trick
    an illusory feat; considered magical by naive observers
    musical performance
    the act of performing music
    one-night stand
    a performance in one place on one night only
    interpretation, rendering, rendition
    the act of interpreting something as expressed in an artistic performance
    last hurrah, swan song
    a final performance or effort (especially before retirement)
    debunking, repudiation
    the exposure of falseness or pretensions
    production
    (law) the act of exhibiting in a court of law
    rodeo
    an exhibition of cowboy skills
    program, programme
    a performance (or series of performances) at a public presentation
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    show
    the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining
  6. noun
    a visual representation of something
    synonyms: display
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    float
    an elaborate display mounted on a platform carried by a truck (or pulled by a truck) in a procession or parade
    Snellen chart
    display consisting of a printed card with letters and numbers in lines of decreasing size; used to test visual acuity
    spectacle
    an elaborate and remarkable display on a lavish scale
    bullfight, corrida
    a Spanish or Portuguese or Latin American spectacle; a matador baits and (usually) kills a bull in an arena before many spectators
    naumachia, naumachy
    a naval spectacle; a mock sea battle put on by the ancient Romans
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    representation
    a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something
  7. noun
    (obstetrics) position of the fetus in the uterus relative to the birth canal
    “Cesarean sections are sometimes the result of abnormal presentations
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    attitude, position, posture
    the arrangement of the body and its limbs
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