present

1
[ prez-uhnt ]
/ ˈprɛz ənt /

adjective

noun

Idioms for present

    at present, at the present time or moment; now: There are no job openings here at present.
    for the present, for now; temporarily: For the present, we must be content with matters as they stand.

Origin of present

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1250–1300; (adj.) Middle English < Old French < Latin praesent- (stem of praesēns) present participle of praeësse to be present, before others, i.e., to preside, be in charge; (noun) Middle English: presence, spatial or temporal present; partly derivative of the adj., partly < Old French. See pre-, is, -ent

OTHER WORDS FROM present

pres·ent·ness, noun

synonym study for present

1. See current.
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British Dictionary definitions for at present (1 of 2)

present1
/ (ˈprɛzənt) /

adjective

noun

See also presents

Word Origin for present

C13: from Latin praesens, from praeesse to be in front of, from prae- before, in front + esse to be

British Dictionary definitions for at present (2 of 2)

present2

verb (prɪˈzɛnt) (mainly tr)

noun (ˈprɛzənt)

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 for present

C13: from Old French presenter, from Latin praesentāre to exhibit, offer, from praesens present 1
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Medical definitions for at present

present
[ prĭ-zĕnt ]

v.

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.
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Idioms and Phrases with at present (1 of 2)

at present

Also, at the present time. Now, as in I've not enough cash at present to lend you any, or At present the house is still occupied. This slightly longer way of saying “at this time” formerly was even longer— at this present or at that present—denoting a more specific time. [Mid-1600s] Also see at this point.

Idioms and Phrases with at present (2 of 2)

present

see all present and accounted for; at present; for the moment (present); no time like the present.

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