- 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.
- the present tense.
- a verb formation or construction with present meaning.
- a form in the present.
- presence chamber,
- presence of mind,
- presenile dementia,
- present arms,
- present participle,
- present perfect,
- present progressive,
- present value
Origin of present1
verb (used with object)
- to bring against, as a formal charge against a person.
- to bring formally to the notice of the proper authority, as an offense.
verb (used without object)
- (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.
noun pres·ent [prez-uhnt] /ˈprɛz ənt/
Origin of present2
Examples from the Web for present
In his view, a writer has only one duty: to be present in his books.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Angelina Jolie was able to seemingly glide into the Vatican on Thursday to present her new film ‘Unbroken.’Pope Francis Has the Pleasure of Meeting Angelina Jolie for a Few Seconds|Barbie Latza Nadeau|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Disordered eating is also linked to higher rates of depression and anxiety, both in the present and in the future.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models|Carrie Arnold|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The account goes some way in showing just how present the Quds and other forces are in Iraq at this point in time.What an Iranian Funeral Tells Us About the Wars in Iraq|IranWire|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Though tissues are present and tears are not uncommon, the Dinner Parties are distinctly not grief counseling or group therapy.
There was vaguely present in his mind the consciousness that other ties were loosening as well.The Damnation of Theron Ware|Harold Frederic
But for the present I think we have enough men for this expedition.For the Liberty of Texas|Edward Stratemeyer
I think we could have for dissemination circulars which would stimulate people to plant nut trees more widely than at present.
The road was hard and dry as there was a high March wind, although not at present a cold one.The Red Cross Girls with Pershing to Victory|Margaret Vandercook
The tumulus was then raised to nearly twice its present height.The Paladins of Edwin the Great|Clements R. Markham
- the present tense
- a verb in this tense
Word Origin for present
verb (prɪˈzɛnt) (mainly tr)
Word Origin for present
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."
see all present and accounted for; at present; for the moment (present); no time like the present.