the present tense used in narrating a past event as if happening at the time of narration.
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Origin of historical present
First recorded in 1960–65
Words nearby historical present
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British Dictionary definitions for historical present
the present tense used to narrate past events, usually employed in English for special effect or in informal use, as in a week ago I'm walking down the street and I see this accident
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