present perfect

  1. (in English) the tense form consisting of the present tense of have with a past participle and noting that the action of the verb was completed prior to the present, as I have finished.
  2. a tense of similar construction found in certain other languages.
  3. a form in this tense.

Origin of present perfect

First recorded in 1570–80 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for present perfect

present perfect

adjective, noun
  1. grammar another term for perfect (def. 8), perfect (def. 11)
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