- 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 presents (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 presents
America presents two contradictory narratives that it struggles to reconcile.
As of Friday, just how the final publication would play out remained a mystery, like so many Christmas presents under the tree.
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|DAILY BEAST
The closing lecture also presents questions that Chomsky never answers—mainly one of alternatives.
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|Eli Lake|September 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"There wasn't any candles or presents on it when I took it," Sube explained weakly.Sube Cane|Edward Bellamy Partridge
Presents of horses, blankets and other valuables were sent to the father of the young woman.Legends of The Kaw|Carrie de Voe
The world is many-sided, and it presents various sides and corners to various people.The White Rose of Langley|Emily Sarah Holt
In his chests were presents which his sisters had made at his request, in case he should marry in the new settlement.The History of Margaret Catchpole|Richard Cobbold
The Indians were excited with the wine and the variety and splendor of the presents.The Border Watch|Joseph A. Altsheler
British Dictionary definitions for presents (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for presents (2 of 3)
- the present tense
- a verb in this tense
Word Origin for present
British Dictionary definitions for presents (3 of 3)
verb (prɪˈzɛnt) (mainly tr)
Word Origin for present
Medicine definitions for presents
Idioms and Phrases with presents
see all present and accounted for; at present; for the moment (present); no time like the present.