What is the meaning of present?


  • The period of time that is happening now; any continuous stretch of time including the moment of speech.
    • usage: "that is enough for the present"; "he lives in the present with no thought of tomorrow"
  • Something presented as a gift.
    • usage: "his tie was a present from his wife"
  • A verb tense that expresses actions or states at the time of speaking.


  • Give an exhibition of to an interested audience.
    • usage: "She shows her dogs frequently"; "We will demo the new software in Washington"
  • Bring forward and present to the mind.
    • usage: "We presented the arguments to him"; "We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason"
  • Perform (a play), especially on a stage.
    • usage: "we are going to stage `Othello'"
  • Hand over formally.
  • Introduce.
    • usage: "This poses an interesting question"
  • Give, especially as an honor or reward.
    • usage: "bestow honors and prizes at graduation"
  • Give as a present; make a gift of.
    • usage: "What will you give her for her birthday"
  • Deliver (a speech, oration, or idea. )
    • usage: "The commencement speaker presented a forceful speech that impressed the students"
  • Cause to come to know personally.
    • usage: "permit me to acquaint you with my son"; "introduce the new neighbors to the community"
  • Represent abstractly, for example in a painting, drawing, or sculpture.
    • usage: "The father is portrayed as a good-looking man in this painting"
  • Present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize.
    • usage: "We confronted him with the evidence"; "He was faced with all the evidence and could no longer deny his actions"; "An enormous dilemma faces us"
  • Formally present a debutante, a representative of a country, etc..
  • Recognize with a gesture prescribed by a military regulation; assume a prescribed position.
    • usage: "When the officers show up, the soldiers have to salute"


  • Temporal sense; intermediate between past and future; now existing or happening or in consideration.
    • usage: "the present leader"; "articles for present use"; "the present topic"; "the present system"; "present observations"
  • Being or existing in a specified place.
    • usage: "the murderer is present in this room"; "present at the wedding"; "present at the creation"
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APAWordNet. (2010). present. Retrieved April 25, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/present/definitions/1181297
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