- to furnish or endow with a gift or the like, especially by formal act: to present someone with a gold watch.
- to bring, offer, or give, often in a formal or ceremonious way: to present one's card.
- afford or furnish (an opportunity, possibility, etc.).
- to hand over or submit, as a bill or a check, for payment: The waiter presented our bill for lunch.
- to introduce (a person) to another, especially in a formal manner: Mrs. Smith, may I present Mr. Jones?
- to bring before or introduce to the public: to present a new play.
- to come to show (oneself) before a person, at a place, etc.
- to show or exhibit: This theater will present films on a larger screen.
- to bring forth or render for or before another or others; offer for consideration: to present an alternative plan.
- to set forth in words; frame or articulate: to present arguments.
- to represent, impersonate, or act, as on the stage.
- to direct, point, or turn (something) to something or someone: He presented his back to the audience.
- to level or aim (a weapon, especially a firearm).
- to bring against, as a formal charge against a person.
- to bring formally to the notice of the proper authority, as an offense.
- British Ecclesiastical. to offer or recommend (a member of the clergy) to the bishop for institution to a benefice.
- (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.
- a thing presented as a gift; gift: Christmas presents.
Origin of present2
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Examples from the Web for presented
Hip-hop and faith have a long and sometimes conflicted history; but it was often presented in nuanced or subdued ways.Down With the King: Christianity Isn’t Hiding in Rap’s Closet
December 28, 2014
One of the honor guard approached with slow, measured steps and presented the flag to a uniformed captain.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos
December 28, 2014
On Tuesday, it was announced that the militants had presented a new offer to the government.A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda
December 26, 2014
And the information that the FBI has presented so far strikes many experts as hardly a slam dunk against Pyongyang.Cyberwar on North Korea Could Be Illegal
December 23, 2014
Casper, Melchior, and Balthazar “presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”Keep Christmas Commercialized!
P. J. O’Rourke
December 6, 2014
The week elapsed, and at the end of it, I had not presented myself at his residence.
The budget of the session of 1882 was presented by Mr. Gladstone April 24th.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
He gripped the pistols by the barrels, crossed them, and presented the butts to Austin.Viviette
William J. Locke
My uncle Antony presented him to me, as a gentleman he had a particular friendship for.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Master received him with cordiality, and presented him to mistress.To be Read at Dusk
- (prenominal) in existence at the moment in time at which an utterance is spoken or written
- (postpositive) being in a specified place, thing, etcthe murderer is present in this room
- (prenominal) now in consideration or under discussionthe present topic; the present author
- grammar denoting a tense of verbs used when the action or event described is occurring at the time of utterance or when the speaker does not wish to make any explicit temporal reference
- archaic readily available; instantpresent help is at hand
- archaic mentally alert; attentive
- the present the time being; now
- the present tense
- a verb in this tense
- at present at the moment; now
- for the present for the time being; temporarily
- to introduce (a person) to another, esp to someone of higher rank
- to introduce to the publicto present a play
- to introduce and compere (a radio or television show)
- to show; exhibithe presented a brave face to the world
- to put forward; submitshe presented a proposal for a new book
- to bring or suggest to the mindto present a problem
- to give or awardto present a prize
- to endow with or as if with a gift or awardto present a university with a foundation scholarship
- to offer formallyto present one's compliments
- to offer or hand over for action or settlementto present a bill
- to represent or depict in a particular mannerthe actor presented Hamlet as a very young man
- to salute someone with (one's weapon) (usually in the phrase present arms)
- to aim or point (a weapon)
- to nominate (a clergyman) to a bishop for institution to a benefice in his diocese
- to lay (a charge, etc) before a court, magistrate, etc, for consideration or trial
- to bring a formal charge or accusation against (a person); indict
- mainly US (of a grand jury) to take notice of (an offence) from personal knowledge or observation, before any bill of indictment has been drawn up
- (intr) med to seek treatment for a particular symptom or problemshe presented with postnatal depression
- (intr) informal to produce a favourable, etc impressionshe presents well in public; he presents as harmless but has poisoned his family
- present oneself to appear, esp at a specific time and place
- 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 and History for presented
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."
- 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.
Idioms and Phrases with presented
see all present and accounted for; at present; for the moment (present); no time like the present.