- 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.
Origin of present1
Related formspres·ent·ness, noun
Definition for present (2 of 2)
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
Related formsself-pre·sent·ed, adjectiveun·pre·sent·ed, adjective
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
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
I think we could have for dissemination circulars which would stimulate people to plant nut trees more widely than at present.
The tumulus was then raised to nearly twice its present height.The Paladins of Edwin the Great|Clements R. Markham
British Dictionary definitions for present (1 of 2)
- the present tense
- a verb in this tense
Word Origin for present
British Dictionary definitions for present (2 of 2)
verb (prɪˈzɛnt) (mainly tr)
Word Origin for present
Medicine definitions for present
Idioms and Phrases with present
see all present and accounted for; at present; for the moment (present); no time like the present.