- 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).
- to bring against, as a formal charge against a person.
- 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.
- (of a fetus) to be visible at the cervix during labor: In a normal delivery, the baby’s head presents first.
- (of a medical condition) to be evident from the presence of certain symptoms: Depression often presents with disturbed sleep or appetite.
- (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.
- a thing presented as a gift; gift: Christmas presents.
Origin of present2
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Examples from the Web for presenting
DuVernay has partly succeeded in presenting a more human King, warts and all.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’
January 2, 2015
The bookstore was opened as a way of presenting Italian books and culture to Manhattanites.The Bookstore That Bewitched Mick Jagger, John Lennon, and Greta Garbo
December 16, 2014
Neighboring Guinea and Liberia, said WHO, were presenting evidence of a decrease in cases.Jail Threats for Sierra Leone Ebola Victims’ Families
December 10, 2014
In 1920, the Keppel family returned the coach to the royal family by presenting it as a gift to Queen Mary.Our Hero! Morning Sickness Stricken Kate Middleton Rides In a 200 Year Old Carriage
October 21, 2014
After presenting false passports at the check-in counter, they were soon on their way to Rome.Mossad’s Greatest Female Assassin: An Excerpt From ‘Sylvia Rafael’
Ram Oren, Moti Kfir
September 20, 2014
He was for ever showing and presenting it, as it were, to every creature whom he saw.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
I am not to be buried there, prejudged, and without any means of presenting my case?A Tale of Two Cities
I thank the writer for his argument, and his courteous manner of presenting it.Slavery Ordained of God
Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
I think he was rather glad of the excuse for not presenting his reasons.Priestess of the Flame
Sewell Peaslee Wright
I was working for you, Auguste, in view of presenting you with a token of friendship.L'Assommoir
- (prenominal) in existence at the moment in time at which an utterance is spoken or written
- (postpositive) being in a specified place, thing, etcthe murderer is present in this room
- (prenominal) now in consideration or under discussionthe 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; instantpresent help is at hand
- archaic mentally alert; attentive
- the present the time being; now
- the present tense
- a verb in this tense
- at present at the moment; now
- for the present for the time being; temporarily
- to introduce (a person) to another, esp to someone of higher rank
- to introduce to the publicto present a play
- to introduce and compere (a radio or television show)
- to show; exhibithe presented a brave face to the world
- to put forward; submitshe presented a proposal for a new book
- to bring or suggest to the mindto present a problem
- to give or awardto present a prize
- to endow with or as if with a gift or awardto present a university with a foundation scholarship
- to offer formallyto present one's compliments
- to offer or hand over for action or settlementto present a bill
- to represent or depict in a particular mannerthe 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
- (intr) med to seek treatment for a particular symptom or problemshe presented with postnatal depression
- (intr) informal to produce a favourable, etc impressionshe presents well in public; he presents as harmless but has poisoned his family
- present oneself to appear, esp at a specific time and place
- anything that is presented; a gift
- make someone a present of something to give someone somethingI'll make you a present of a new car
Word Origin and History for presenting
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."
- To appear or be felt first during birth. Used of the part of the fetus that proceeds first through the birth canal.
- To place oneself in the presence of a doctor or other medical provider as a patient with a complaint or condition.
- To manifest a symptom.
- To attach or be capable of attaching to a cell surface, especially for detection by other molecules.