[ prez-uhnt ]
/ ˈprɛz ənt /
being, existing, or occurring at this time or now; current: increasing respect for the present ruler of the small country.
at this time; at hand; immediate: articles for present use.
- noting an action or state occurring at the moment of speaking or writing: Knows is a present form in He knows that.
- noting or pertaining to a tense or other verb formation with such meaning.
being with one or others or in the specified or understood place: to be present at the wedding.
being here: Is everyone present?
existing or occurring in a place, thing, combination, or the like: Carbon is present in many minerals.
being actually here or under consideration: the present document; the present topic.
being before the mind.
Obsolete. mentally alert and calm, especially in emergencies.
Obsolete. immediate or instant.
the present time.
- the present tense.
- a verb formation or construction with present meaning.
- a form in the present.
presents, Law. the present writings, or this document, used in a deed of conveyance, a lease, etc., to denote the document itself: Know all men by these presents that . . . .
Obsolete. the matter in hand.
Words nearby present
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 present1
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 presentpres·ent·ness, noun
synonym study for present
1. See current.
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British Dictionary definitions for for the present (1 of 2)
/ (ˈprɛzənt) /
(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
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 for the present (2 of 2)
verb (prɪˈzɛnt) (mainly tr)
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 for present
C13: from Old French presenter, from Latin praesentāre to exhibit, offer, from praesens present 1
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Medicine definitions for for the present
[ prĭ-zĕnt′ ]
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 for the present (1 of 2)
for the present
see for the moment.
Idioms and Phrases with for the present (2 of 2)
see all present and accounted for; at present; for the moment (present); no time like the present.
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