[ prez-uhnt ]
/ ˈprɛz ənt /
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Idioms about present

    at present, at the present time or moment; now: There are no job openings here at present.
    for the present, for now; temporarily: For the present, we must be content with matters as they stand.

Origin of present

First recorded in 1250–1300; from Middle English present(e), presa(u)nt, from Old French present, from Latin praesent- stem of praesēns, present participle of praeesse “to be present, be before others, i.e., to preside, be in charge,” for the adjective; from Middle English present(e), presant “presence (in space or time),” for the noun, partly derivative of the adjective, partly from Old French; see pre-, essence


pres·ent·ness, noun

Other definitions for present (2 of 2)

[ verb pri-zent; noun prez-uhnt ]
/ verb prɪˈzɛnt; noun ˈprɛz ənt /

verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
  1. (of a fetus) to be visible at the cervix during labor: In a normal delivery, the baby’s head presents first.
  2. (of a medical condition) to be evident from the presence of certain symptoms: Depression often presents with disturbed sleep or appetite.
  3. (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/
a thing presented as a gift; gift: Christmas presents.

Origin of present

First recorded 1200–50; Middle English noun present(e), presant, from Old French present, originally in phrase en present “in presence”; Middle English verb presenten, present(e), from Old French presenter, from Medieval Latin praesentāre “to give, show, present for approval,” Latin: “to exhibit (to the mind or senses),” derivative of praesēns; see origin at present1

synonym study for present

1. See give. 17. Present, gift, donation, bonus refer to something freely given. Present and gift are both used of something given as an expression of affection, friendship, interest, or respect. Present is the less formal; gift is generally used of something conferred (especially with ceremony) on an individual, a group, or an institution: a birthday present; a gift to a bride. Donation applies to an important gift, most often of money and usually of considerable size, though the term is often used in speaking of small gifts to or for people who need help: a donation to an endowment fund, to the Red Cross. Bonus applies to something, again usually money, given in addition to what is due, especially to employees who have worked for a long time or particularly well: a bonus at the end of the year.


self-pre·sent·ed, adjectiveun·pre·sent·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for present (1 of 2)

/ (ˈprɛzənt) /

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Word Origin for present

C13: from Latin praesens, from praeesse to be in front of, from prae- before, in front + esse to be

British Dictionary definitions for present (2 of 2)


verb (prɪˈzɛnt) (mainly tr)
noun (ˈprɛzənt)
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 for present

C13: from Old French presenter, from Latin praesentāre to exhibit, offer, from praesens present 1
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Other Idioms and Phrases with present


see all present and accounted for; at present; for the moment (present); no time like the present.

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