- 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.
Idioms about present
Origin of present1
OTHER WORDS FROM presentpres·ent·ness, noun
Other definitions for present (2 of 2)
- to bring against, as a formal charge against a person.
- to bring formally to the notice of the proper authority, as an offense.
- (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.
Origin of present2
synonym study for present
OTHER WORDS FROM presentself-pre·sent·ed, adjectiveun·pre·sent·ed, adjective
How to use present in a sentence
The Republican incumbents have joined forces, presenting themselves as a “firewall” against what they claim would be a radical Democratic agenda that would doom the country to socialism.Georgia’s recount revealed no fraud — and just how unfit Loeffler and Perdue really are|Editorial Board|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
They will also present safety data on 100 children between 12 and 15 years old, a group they only recently began to include in their trial.Pfizer and BioNTech will seek regulatory clearance of their coronavirus vaccine|Carolyn Y. Johnson|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
The written sources’ paucity, obvious bias and distance in time from the event, together with ambiguities in the archaeological evidence — Barrett draws on new research here — present formidable obstacles.
Borrowers found lenders in the private sector, and the Fed backstop remained reassuringly present.Steven Mnuchin acts to hobble the Fed's coronavirus powers|Felix Salmon|November 20, 2020|Axios
“It’s Rudy’s show,” one senior campaign official said, describing why other party and campaign officials were not present.Rudy Giuliani’s post-election meltdown starts to become literal|Dan Zak, Josh Dawsey|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
DuVernay has partly succeeded in presenting a more human King, warts and all.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’|Gary May|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The bookstore was opened as a way of presenting Italian books and culture to Manhattanites.
Because the shop was emblematic of that peculiar Italian institution known as La Faccia: i.e. presenting the best face possible.
Neighboring Guinea and Liberia, said WHO, were presenting evidence of a decrease in cases.Jail Threats for Sierra Leone Ebola Victims’ Families|Abby Haglage|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Within two days, he had stolen as many Iberian sculptures, eventually presenting them to Picasso as a gift.
He was continually presenting innumerable imaginary fivers to little people.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
If the holder has been free from wrong in presenting the check, the bank cannot look to him, but to the drawer for repayment.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman|Albert Sidney Bolles
Isabel tossed and kissed them, presenting them with a box of toys she had bought in Main Street.
Though presenting many points of interest, it is unnecessary to describe them in detail here.Elements of Agricultural Chemistry|Thomas Anderson
The sight of them not only fills me with ennui, but I have no intention of presenting your comic papers with material.
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)
Word Origin for present
Medical definitions for present
Other Idioms and Phrases with present
see all present and accounted for; at present; for the moment (present); no time like the present.