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[verb pri-zent; noun prez-uh nt] /verb prɪˈzɛnt; noun ˈprɛz ənt/
verb (used with object)
to furnish or endow with a gift or the like, especially by formal act:
to present someone with a gold watch.
to bring, offer, or give, often in a formal or ceremonious way:
to present one's card.
afford or furnish (an opportunity, possibility, etc.).
to hand over or submit, as a bill or a check, for payment:
The waiter presented our bill for lunch.
to introduce (a person) to another, especially in a formal manner:
Mrs. Smith, may I present Mr. Jones?
to bring before or introduce to the public:
to present a new play.
to come to show (oneself) before a person, at a place, etc.
to show or exhibit:
This theater will present films on a larger screen.
to bring forth or render for or before another or others; offer for consideration:
to present an alternative plan.
to set forth in words; frame or articulate:
to present arguments.
to represent, impersonate, or act, as on the stage.
to direct, point, or turn (something) to something or someone:
He presented his back to the audience.
to level or aim (a weapon, especially a firearm).
  1. to bring against, as a formal charge against a person.
  2. to bring formally to the notice of the proper authority, as an offense.
British Ecclesiastical. to offer or recommend (a member of the clergy) to the bishop for institution to a benefice.
verb (used without object)
  1. (of a fetus) to be visible at the cervix during labor:
    In a normal delivery, the baby’s head presents first.
  2. (of a medical condition) to be evident from the presence of certain symptoms:
    Depression often presents with disturbed sleep or appetite.
  3. (of a patient) to have a certain symptom or medical condition, especially as reported during a medical examination:
    A 22-year-old man presents with shortness of breath.
noun, , present
[prez-uh nt] /ˈprɛz ənt/ (Show IPA)
a thing presented as a gift; gift:
Christmas presents.
Origin of present2
1175-1225; (noun) Middle English < Old French, orig. in phrase en present in presence (see present1); (v.) Middle English presenten < Old French presenter < Medieval Latin praesentāre to give, show, present for approval, Latin: to exhibit (to the mind or senses), derivative of praesēns present1
Related forms
self-presented, adjective
unpresented, adjective
1. bestow, donate. 2. proffer. 3. yield. 9. introduce. 11. enact. 17. benefaction, grant, tip, gratuity.
Synonym Study
1. See give. 5. See introduce. 17.Present, gift, donation, bonus refer to something freely given. Present and gift are both used of something given as an expression of affection, friendship, interest, or respect. Present is the less formal; gift is generally used of something conferred (especially with ceremony) on an individual, a group, or an institution: a birthday present; a gift to a bride. Donation applies to an important gift, most often of money and usually of considerable size, though the term is often used to avoid the suggestion of charity in speaking of small gifts to or for the needy: a donation to an endowment fund, to the Red Cross. Bonus applies to something, again usually money, given in addition to what is due, especially to employees who have worked for a long time or particularly well: a bonus at the end of the year. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for presented
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  • The week elapsed, and at the end of it, I had not presented myself at his residence.

  • The budget of the session of 1882 was presented by Mr. Gladstone April 24th.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • He gripped the pistols by the barrels, crossed them, and presented the butts to Austin.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • My uncle Antony presented him to me, as a gentleman he had a particular friendship for.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Master received him with cordiality, and presented him to mistress.

    To be Read at Dusk Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for presented


(prenominal) in existence at the moment in time at which an utterance is spoken or written
(postpositive) being in a specified place, thing, etc: the murderer is present in this room
(prenominal) now in consideration or under discussion: the present topic, the present author
(grammar) denoting a tense of verbs used when the action or event described is occurring at the time of utterance or when the speaker does not wish to make any explicit temporal reference
(archaic) readily available; instant: present help is at hand
(archaic) mentally alert; attentive
the present, the time being; now
  1. the present tense
  2. a verb in this tense
at present, at the moment; now
for the present, for the time being; temporarily
See also presents
Word Origin
C13: from Latin praesens, from praeesse to be in front of, from prae- before, in front + esse to be


verb (mainly transitive) (prɪˈzɛnt)
to introduce (a person) to another, esp to someone of higher rank
to introduce to the public: to present a play
to introduce and compere (a radio or television show)
to show; exhibit: he presented a brave face to the world
to put forward; submit: she presented a proposal for a new book
to bring or suggest to the mind: to present a problem
to give or award: to present a prize
to endow with or as if with a gift or award: to present a university with a foundation scholarship
to offer formally: to present one's compliments
to offer or hand over for action or settlement: to present a bill
to represent or depict in a particular manner: the actor presented Hamlet as a very young man
to salute someone with (one's weapon) (usually in the phrase present arms)
to aim or point (a weapon)
to nominate (a clergyman) to a bishop for institution to a benefice in his diocese
to lay (a charge, etc) before a court, magistrate, etc, for consideration or trial
to bring a formal charge or accusation against (a person); indict
(mainly US) (of a grand jury) to take notice of (an offence) from personal knowledge or observation, before any bill of indictment has been drawn up
(intransitive) (med) to seek treatment for a particular symptom or problem: she presented with postnatal depression
(intransitive) (informal) to produce a favourable, etc impression: she presents well in public, he presents as harmless but has poisoned his family
present oneself, to appear, esp at a specific time and place
noun (ˈprɛzənt)
anything that is presented; a gift
make someone a present of something, to give someone something: I'll make you a present of a new car
Word Origin
C13: from Old French presenter, from Latin praesentāre to exhibit, offer, from praesenspresent1
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Word Origin and History for presented



c.1300, "existing at the time," from Old French present "evident, at hand, within reach;" as a noun, "the present time" (11c., Modern French présent) and directly from Latin praesentem (nominative praesens) "present, at hand, in sight; immediate; prompt, instant; contemporary," from present participle of præesse "be before (someone or something), be at hand," from prae- "before" (see pre-) + esse "to be" (see essence). Meaning "being there" is from mid-14c. in English. As a grammatical tense, recorded from late 14c.



c.1300, "introduce (someone or something) formally or ceremonially;" also "make a formal presentation of; give as a gift or award; bestow," from Old French presenter (11c., Modern French présenter) and directly from Latin praesentare "to place before, show, exhibit," from stem of praesens (see present (adj.)). From late 14c. as "exhibit (something), offer for inspection, display;" also, in law, "make a formal complaint or charge of wrongdoing." From c.1400 as"represent, portray." Related: Presented; presenting.



"this point in time" (opposed to past and future), c.1300, "the present time," also "act or fact of being present; portion of space around someone," from Old French present (n.) from Latin praesens "being there" (see present (adj.)). In old legalese, these presents means "these documents."



c.1200, "thing offered, what is offered or given as a gift," from Old French present and Medieval Latin presentia, from phrases such as French en present "(to offer) in the presence of," mettre en present "place before, give," from Late Latin inpraesent "face to face," from Latin in re praesenti "in the situation in question," from praesens "being there" (see present (adj.)), on the notion of "bringing something into someone's presence."

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presented in Medicine

present pre·sent (prĭ-zěnt')
v. pre·sent·ed, pre·sent·ing, pre·sents

  1. To appear or be felt first during birth. Used of the part of the fetus that proceeds first through the birth canal.

  2. To come before a doctor or nurse, as with a medical problem or condition.

  3. To manifest a symptom.

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