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pres·ent 1  (prznt)
1. A moment or period in time perceptible as intermediate between past and future; now.
2. Grammar
a. The present tense.
b. A verb form in the present tense.
3. presents Law The document or instrument in question: Be it known by these presents.
1. Existing or happening now; current: the present leader; present trends.
a. Being at hand or in attendance: Thirty guests were present at the ceremony.
b. Existing in something specified: Oxygen is present in the bloodstream.
3. Now being considered; actually here or involved: the present subject; present company excepted.
4. Grammar Designating a verb tense or form that expresses current time.
5. Archaic Readily available; immediate.
6. Obsolete Alert to circumstances; attentive.
at present
At the present time; right now.
for the present
For the time being; temporarily.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin praesns, praesent-, present participle of praeesse, to be present : prae-, pre- + esse, to be; see es- in Indo-European roots.]

present·ness n.

pre·sent 2  (pr-znt)
v. pre·sent·ed, pre·sent·ing, pre·sents
a. To introduce, especially with formal ceremony.
b. To introduce (a young woman) to society with conventional ceremony.
2. To bring before the public: present a play.
a. To make a gift or award of.
b. To make a gift to.
a. To offer for observation, examination, or consideration; show or display. See Synonyms at offer.
b. To afford or furnish: The situation presented us with a chance to improve our knowledge.
c. To turn or position in the direction of another: presented his face to the camera.
d. To attach (an antigen, for example) on the surface of a molecule for detection by other molecules.
5. To hold, carry, or point (a weapon) in a particular manner as a salutation or sign of honor, usually along the center axis of the body.
6. Ecclesiastical To recommend (a cleric) for a benefice.
7. Law
a. To offer to a legislature or court for consideration.
b. To bring a charge or indictment against.
1. To manifest as a part of a disease or medical condition.
2. To make a presentation.
1. pres·ent (prznt) Something presented; a gift.
2. pre·sent (pr-znt) The position of a rifle or other weapon when presented.

[Middle English presenten, from Old French presenter, from Latin presentre, to show, from praesns, praesent-, present participle of praeesse, to be in front of; see present1.]

pre·senter n.

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