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
Synonyms for present
Related Words for presentingdo, pose, raise, give, perform, suggest, show, submit, cite, offer, produce, declare, display, stage, award, exhibit, advance, extend, acquaint, intimate
Examples from the Web for presenting
Contemporary Examples of presenting
DuVernay has partly succeeded in presenting a more human King, warts and all.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’
January 2, 2015
The bookstore was opened as a way of presenting Italian books and culture to Manhattanites.The Bookstore That Bewitched Mick Jagger, John Lennon, and Greta Garbo
December 16, 2014
Neighboring Guinea and Liberia, said WHO, were presenting evidence of a decrease in cases.Jail Threats for Sierra Leone Ebola Victims’ Families
December 10, 2014
In 1920, the Keppel family returned the coach to the royal family by presenting it as a gift to Queen Mary.Our Hero! Morning Sickness Stricken Kate Middleton Rides In a 200 Year Old Carriage
October 21, 2014
After presenting false passports at the check-in counter, they were soon on their way to Rome.Mossad’s Greatest Female Assassin: An Excerpt From ‘Sylvia Rafael’
Ram Oren, Moti Kfir
September 20, 2014
Historical Examples of presenting
He was for ever showing and presenting it, as it were, to every creature whom he saw.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
I am not to be buried there, prejudged, and without any means of presenting my case?A Tale of Two Cities
I thank the writer for his argument, and his courteous manner of presenting it.Slavery Ordained of God
Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.
I think he was rather glad of the excuse for not presenting his reasons.Priestess of the Flame
Sewell Peaslee Wright
I was working for you, Auguste, in view of presenting you with a token of friendship.L'Assommoir
- 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.