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."

Primary Meanings of presentation

the activity of formally presenting something (as a prize or reward)
(obstetrics) position of the fetus in the uterus relative to the birth canal
Full Definitions of presentation

n the activity of formally presenting something (as a prize or reward)

“she gave the trophy but he made the presentation
Type of:
the proper or conventional behavior on some solemn occasion

n the act of presenting a proposal

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)
Type of:
proposal, proposition
the act of making a proposal

n the act of making something publicly available; presenting news or other information by broadcasting or printing it

“he prepared his presentation carefully in advance”
putting on display for the first time
a presentation for the stage or screen or radio or television
staging, theatrical production
the production of a drama on the stage
Type of:
exhibiting openly in public view

n formally making a person known to another or to the public

intro, introduction
the presentation of a debutante in society
an act of renewed introduction
Type of:
informing, making known
a speech act that conveys information

n a show or display; the act of presenting something to sight or view

“the presentation of new data”
demonstration, presentment
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the act of exhibiting
presentation to view in an open or public manner
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
a demonstration held in opposition to another demonstration
dramatic performance, dramatic production
the act of performing a drama
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
(law) the act of exhibiting in a court of law
an exhibition of cowboy skills
program, programme
a performance (or series of performances) at a public presentation
Type of:
the act of publicly exhibiting or entertaining

n a visual representation of something

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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
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
Type of:
a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something

n (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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