- 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
Synonyms for present
Antonyms for present
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
Examples from the Web for presents
Contemporary Examples of presents
America presents two contradictory narratives that it struggles to reconcile.Will Texas Stay Texan?
December 29, 2014
As of Friday, just how the final publication would play out remained a mystery, like so many Christmas presents under the tree.CIA Won’t Defend Its One-Time Torturers
Shane Harris, Tim Mak
December 6, 2014
The prizes are impressive and give a window into just what sort of presents people give the pope.Pope Francis Raffles Off His Swag to Help the Poor
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 18, 2014
The closing lecture also presents questions that Chomsky never answers—mainly one of alternatives.Noam Chomsky—Infuriating and Necessary
September 28, 2014
An easing of tensions between al Qaeda and ISIS presents dangers for America in its military campaign in the Levant.Al Qaeda Plotters in Syria ‘Went Dark,’ U.S. Spies Say
September 24, 2014
Historical Examples of presents
Instead, it presents, what all too few of us to-day possess, a philosophy of life.The Conquest of Fear
All the second story had been prepared for guests and presents.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Peter was not in the habit of making her presents of flowers.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
Besides the great feast, presents were given to all present, high and low.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
This is quite as much why they make him presents, as because they know him to be needy.Little Dorrit
- 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.