present

1
[ prez-uhnt ]
/ ˈprɛz ənt /
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adjective

noun


Nearby words

  1. presence chamber,
  2. presence of mind,
  3. presenile,
  4. presenile dementia,
  5. presenility,
  6. present arms,
  7. present participle,
  8. present perfect,
  9. present progressive,
  10. present value

Idioms

    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

1
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

SYNONYMS FOR present
1. extant.

ANTONYMS FOR present
1. absent.

Related formspres·ent·ness, noun

Synonym study

1. See current.

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British Dictionary definitions for for the present

present

1
/ (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

present

2

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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Word Origin and History for for the present
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Medicine definitions for for the 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 for the present

for the present

see for the moment.

present

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

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