(1)   Spatial sense; being or existing in a specified place
"The murderer is present in this room"
"Present at the wedding"
"Present at the creation"


(2)   A verb tense that expresses actions or states at the time of speaking
(3)   Something presented as a gift
"His tie was a present from his wife"
(4)   The period of time that is happening now; any continuous stretch of time including the moment of speech
"That is enough for the present"
"He lives in the present with no thought of tomorrow"


(5)   Bring forward and present to the mind
"We presented the arguments to him"
"We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason"
(6)   Recognize with a gesture prescribed by a military regulation; assume a prescribed position
"When the officers show up, the soldiers have to salute"
(7)   Cause to come to know personally
"Permit me to acquaint you with my son"
"Introduce the new neighbors to the community"
(8)   Formally present a debutante, a representative of a country, etc.
(9)   Deliver (a speech, oration, or idea)
"The commencement speaker presented a forceful speech that impressed the students"
(10)   Present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize
"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"
(11)   Represent in a painting, drawing, sculpture, or verbally
"The father is portrayed as a good-looking man in this painting"
(12)   Perform (a play), especially on a stage
"We are going to stage `Othello'"
(13)   Show or demonstrate something to an interested audience
"She shows her dogs frequently"
"We will demo the new software in Washington"
(14)   Give as a present; make a gift of
"What will you give her for her birthday?"
(15)   Give, especially as an honor or reward
"Bestow honors and prizes at graduation"
(16)   Hand over formally
(17)   Introduce
"This poses an interesting question"

Etymology 1

From < < praesent-, praesens present participle of praeesse "to be present" < prae- "pre-" + esse "to be".


  1. Relating to now, for the time being; current.
    The present manager has been here longer than the last one.
  2. Located in the immediate vicinity.
    Is there a doctor present?
    Several people were present when the event took place.

Etymology 2

From presenten < presenter < presentare "to show" < praesent-, praesens present participle of praeesse "to be in front of".


  1. To reveal, to show.
    The theater is proud to present the Fearless Fliers.
  2. To offer to a court or legislature for consideration.
  3. To award a trophy, gift, etc, to.