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Present meaning

present - 27 dictionary results

  1. 1. perform ( a play), especially on a stage; " we are going to stage ` Othello'"
  2. 2. give, especially as a reward; " bestow honors and prizes at graduation"
  3. 3. Being at hand, within reach or call, within certain contemplated limits; -- opposed to absent.
  4. 4. Now existing, or in process; begun but not ended; now in view, or under consideration; being at this time; not past or future; as, the present session of Congress; the present state of affairs; the present instance.
  5. 5. Not delayed; immediate; instant; coincident.
  6. 6. Ready; quick in emergency; as a present wit.
  7. 7. Favorably attentive; propitious.
  8. 8. Present time; the time being; time in progress now, or at the moment contemplated; as, at this present.
  9. 9. Present letters or instrument, as a deed of conveyance, a lease, letter of attorney, or other writing; as in the phrase, " Know all men by these presents," that is, by the writing itself, " per has literas praesentes; " -- in this sense, rarely used in the singular.
  10. 10. A present tense, or the form of the verb denoting the present tense.
  11. 11. To bring or introduce into the presence of some one, especially of a superior; to introduce formally; to offer for acquaintance; as, to present an envoy to the king; ( with the reciprocal pronoun) to come into the presence of a superior.
  12. 12. To exhibit or offer to view or notice; to lay before one's perception or cognizance; to set forth; to present a fine appearance.
  13. 13. To pass over, esp. in a ceremonious manner; to give in charge or possession; to deliver; to make over.
  14. 14. To make a gift of; to bestow; to give, generally in a formal or ceremonious manner; to grant; to confer.
  15. 15. Hence: To endow; to bestow a gift upon; to favor, as with a donation; also, to court by gifts.
  16. 16. To present; to personate.
  17. 17. To nominate to an ecclesiastical benefice; to offer to the bishop or ordinary as a candidate for institution.
  18. 18. To nominate for support at a public school or other institution.
  19. 19. To lay before a public body, or an official, for consideration, as before a legislature, a court of judicature, a corporation, etc.; as, to present a memorial, petition, remonstrance, or indictment.
  20. 20. To lay before a court as an object of inquiry; to give notice officially of, as a crime of offence; to find or represent judicially; as, a grand jury present certain offenses or nuisances, or whatever they think to be public injuries.
  21. 21. To bring an indictment against.
  22. 22. Anything presented or given; a gift; a donative; as, a Christmas present.
  23. 23. The position of a soldier in presenting arms; as, to stand at present.
  24. 24. In a certain place; being now or here; immediate.
  25. 25. Presentation.
  26. 26. The present time; a gift.
  27. 27. To set before; introduce; offer; give; indict.

present - examples of usage

  1. For my part, I don't see what she could do more than she does at present. - "The Beautiful Wretch; The Pupil of Aurelius; and The Four Macnicols", William Black.
  2. I have enough for the present. - "The Rough Road", William John Locke.
  3. The present price is 9d. - "Second Shetland Truck System Report", William Guthrie.
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