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Related to present: present perfect tense, present progressive
pre•sent2(v. prɪˈzɛnt; n. ˈprɛz ənt)
You use present in front of a noun to show that you are talking about something that exists now, rather than about something in the past or future.
You also use present in front of a noun to show that you are talking about the person who has a job, role, or title now, rather than someone who had it in the past or will have it in the future.
When present is used after be, it has a different meaning. If someone is present at an event, they are there.
Don't use any preposition except at in sentences like these. Don't say, for example 'Several reporters were present in the event'.
If it is clear what event you are talking about, you can just say that someone is present.
You can also use present with this meaning immediately after a noun.
Past participle: presented
|Noun||1.||present - 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"|
time - the continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past
now - the momentary present; "Now is a good time to do it"; "it worked up to right now"
here and now, present moment, moment - at this time; "the disappointments of the here and now"; "she is studying at the moment"
date - the present; "they are up to date"; "we haven't heard from them to date"
today - the present time or age; "the world of today"; "today we have computers"
tonight - the present or immediately coming night
|2.||present - something presented as a gift; "his tie was a present from his wife"|
gift - something acquired without compensation
|3.||present - a verb tense that expresses actions or states at the time of speaking|
tense - a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time
historical present - the use of the present tense to describe past actions or states
|Verb||1.||present - give an exhibition of to an interested audience; "She shows her dogs frequently"; "We will demo the new software in Washington"|
bring home - make understandable and clear; "This brings home my point"
show - make visible or noticeable; "She showed her talent for cooking"; "Show me your etchings, please"
|2.||present - bring forward and present to the mind; "We presented the arguments to him"; "We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason"|
argue, indicate - give evidence of; "The evidence argues for your claim"; "The results indicate the need for more work"
spin - twist and turn so as to give an intended interpretation; "The President's spokesmen had to spin the story to make it less embarrassing"
|3.||present - perform (a play), especially on a stage; "we are going to stage `Othello'"|
performing arts - arts or skills that require public performance
re-create - create anew; "Re-create the boom of the West on a small scale"
|4.||present - hand over formally|
give - transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody; "I gave her my money"; "can you give me lessons?"; "She gave the children lots of love and tender loving care"
bring in - submit (a verdict) to a court
|5.||present - introduce; "This poses an interesting question"|
constitute, make up, comprise, be, represent - form or compose; "This money is my only income"; "The stone wall was the backdrop for the performance"; "These constitute my entire belonging"; "The children made up the chorus"; "This sum represents my entire income for a year"; "These few men comprise his entire army"
|6.||present - give, especially as an honor or reward; "bestow honors and prizes at graduation"|
allocate, apportion - distribute according to a plan or set apart for a special purpose; "I am allocating a loaf of bread to everyone on a daily basis"; "I'm allocating the rations for the camping trip"
certificate - present someone with a certificate
|7.||present - give as a present; make a gift of; "What will you give her for her birthday?"|
hand out, pass out, give out, distribute - give to several people; "The teacher handed out the exams"
give away - make a gift of; "She gave away her antique furniture"
bung, fee, tip - give a tip or gratuity to in return for a service, beyond the compensation agreed on; "Remember to tip the waiter"; "fee the steward"
bequeath, will, leave - leave or give by will after one's death; "My aunt bequeathed me all her jewelry"; "My grandfather left me his entire estate"
cede, surrender, give up, deliver - relinquish possession or control over; "The squatters had to surrender the building after the police moved in"
treat - provide with a gift or entertainment; "Grandmother always treated us to the circus"; "I like to treat myself to a day at a spa when I am depressed"
donate - give to a charity or good cause; "I donated blood to the Red Cross for the victims of the earthquake"; "donate money to the orphanage"; "She donates to her favorite charity every month"
tender - offer or present for acceptance
|8.||present - deliver (a speech, oration, or idea); "The commencement speaker presented a forceful speech that impressed the students"|
mouth, speak, talk, verbalise, verbalize, utter - express in speech; "She talks a lot of nonsense"; "This depressed patient does not verbalize"
speechify - make speeches; hold forth, or harangue with a certain degree of formality; "These ministers speechify on every occasion"
|9.||present - cause to come to know personally; "permit me to acquaint you with my son"; "introduce the new neighbors to the community"|
inform - impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to; "I informed him of his rights"
familiarise, familiarize, acquaint - make familiar or conversant with; "you should acquaint yourself with your new computer"; "We familiarized ourselves with the new surroundings"
reintroduce, re-introduce - introduce anew; "We haven't met in a long time, so let me reintroduce myself"
present - formally present a debutante, a representative of a country, etc.
|10.||present - represent abstractly, for example in a painting, drawing, or sculpture; "The father is portrayed as a good-looking man in this painting"|
artistic creation, artistic production, art - the creation of beautiful or significant things; "art does not need to be innovative to be good"; "I was never any good at art"; "he said that architecture is the art of wasting space beautifully"
interpret, represent - create an image or likeness of; "The painter represented his wife as a young girl"
commend - present as worthy of regard, kindness, or confidence; "His paintings commend him to the artistic world"
|11.||present - 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"|
|12.||present - formally present a debutante, a representative of a country, etc.|
|13.||present - recognize with a gesture prescribed by a military regulation; assume a prescribed position; "When the officers show up, the soldiers have to salute"|
|Adj.||1.||present - temporal sense; intermediate between past and future; now existing or happening or in consideration; "the present leader"; "articles for present use"; "the present topic"; "the present system"; "present observations"|
future - yet to be or coming; "some future historian will evaluate him"
past - earlier than the present time; no longer current; "time past"; "his youth is past"; "this past Thursday"; "the past year"
|2.||present - being or existing in a specified place; "the murderer is present in this room"; "present at the wedding"; "present at the creation"|
absent - not being in a specified place
here absent, away, missing, gone, elsewhere, unavailable, not present, truant, nonattendant
"Look to this day"
"For it is life, the very life of life" The Sufi
"For present joys are more to flesh and blood"
"Than a dull prospect of a distant good" [John Dryden The Hindu and the Panther]
"Ah, fill the cup: - what boots it to repeat"
"How time is slipping underneath our feet;"
"Unborn tomorrow, and dead yesterday,"
"Why fret about them if today be sweet!" [Edward Fitzgerald The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám]
"There is no time like the present"
he insisted on being present → se empeñó en estar presente or en asistir
the whole family was present → estaba toda la familia presente
how many others were present? → ¿cuántos más había? → ¿cuántos más estuvieron presentes?
nobody else was present → no había nadie más → nadie más estuvo presente
is there a doctor present? → ¿hay un médico (presente)?
present! → ¡presente!
ssh! there are ladies present → ¡sss! hay señoras delante
to be present at [+ function] → asistir a, estar presente en; [+ scene, accident] → presenciar
present company excepted → exceptuando a los presentes
all present and correct (Mil) → todos presentes (hum) → somos todos los que estamos y estamos todos los que somos
those present → los presentes
in some areas, fluoride is naturally present in the water supply → en algunas zonas, el flúor se encuentra de forma natural en el agua
to be ever present → estar siempre presente
how long have you been in your present job? → ¿cuánto tiempo llevas en tu puesto actual?
in its present form → en su forma actual
the present government → el actual gobierno
from Roman times to the present day → desde los tiempos romanos hasta nuestros días
this tradition has continued to the present day → esta tradición sigue vigente
a solution to the problems of the present day → una solución a los problemas actuales or de nuestros días
at the present time (= at this instant) → en este momento; (= currently) → actualmente, hoy día
(up) to the present time → hasta nuestros días, hasta los tiempos actuales
see also present-day
for the present → de momento, por lo pronto
that will be all for the present → de momento or por lo pronto esto es todo
I'll say goodbye for the present → me despido hasta la próxima
up to the present → hasta ahora
to live for the present → vivir el momento
(there's) no time like the present → no dejes para mañana lo que puedas hacer hoy
Mr Young isn't here at present → el Sr. Young no está aquí en este momento
I don't want to get married at present → de momento no me quiero casar
as things are at present → como están las cosas ahora, como están las cosas actualmente
the present indicative N → el presente de indicativo
present participle N → participio m activo, participio m (de) presente
the present perfect N → el pretérito perfecto
the present simple N → el presente simple
the present subjunctive N → el presente de subjuntivo
the present tense N → el (tiempo) presente
present2 [ˈpreznt] N (= gift) → regalo m, obsequio m (frm), presente m (frm, liter)
it's for a present → es para (un) regalo
she gave me the book as a present → me regaló el libro
it was a present from Dad → era un regalo de papá
to give sb a present → hacer un regalo a algn
to make sb a present of sth → regalar algo a algn (fig) → dar algo a algn medio regalado, servir algo a algn en bandeja
see also birthday, Christmas, wedding
to present sth to sb → entregar algo a algn, hacer entrega de algo a algn
they have presented a petition to Parliament → han hecho entrega de or han presentado una petición al parlamento
may I present Miss Clark?; allow me to present Miss Clark (frm) → permítame presentarle a or le presento a la Srta. Clark
it gives me great pleasure to present → es para mí un honor or placer presentarles a ...
he presented Jane to his mother → presentó a Jane a su madre
to be presented at court (Brit) (Jur) → ser presentado en la corte
to present one's apologies (to sb) → presentar sus excusas (ante algn)
to present one's compliments (to sb) → presentar or ofrecer sus saludos (a algn)
to present one's credentials (to sb) [diplomat] → presentar sus credenciales (ante algn)
figures can be presented in many ways → hay muchas maneras de presentar las cifras
the party has to present a more professional image → el partido debe presentar or proyectar una imagen más profesional
she presented her plan to the meeting → expuso su proyecto a la reunión
if you are old, getting fit can present a challenge → si es usted mayor, ponerse en forma puede representar un reto
the bay presents a magnificent sight → la bahía ofrece una vista maravillosa
the boy presents a problem → el chico nos plantea un problema
the patrol presented an easy target → la patrulla era un blanco fácil
she bought a new car and presented me with the bill → se compró un coche nuevo y me pasó la factura
to present sb with a daughter/son (frm, hum) → ofrecer a algn una hija/un hijo
the report presents her in a favourable light → el informe presenta una imagen favorable de ella
the cheque was presented for payment on 24th → el cheque se presentó para el cobro el día 24
presenting Garbo as Mimi → con Garbo en el papel de Mimi
how you present yourself is extremely important → la manera de presentarse es muy importante
to present o.s. as sth he presents himself as a moderate, but he's not → se define a sí mismo como un moderado, pero no lo es
she's thinking of presenting herself as a candidate → está pensando en presentarse como candidata
to present o.s. for examination → presentarse a (un) examen
to present o.s. for (an) interview → presentarse a una entrevista
the present situation → la situation actuelle
in the present day → aujourd'hui
to the present day → jusqu'à aujourd'hui
of the present day → d'aujourd'hui
for the present day → pour aujourd'hui
The whole family was present → Toute la famille était présente.
There was a photographer present → Un photographe était présent.
to be present at → être présent à
Nearly 85% of men are present at the birth of their children → Presque 85% des hommes sont présents à la naissance de leur enfant.
He wasn't present at the meeting → Il n'était pas présent à la réunion.
those present → les présents
I'm going to buy a present for my nephew → Je vais acheter un cadeau pour mon neveu.
to give sb a present → offrir un cadeau à qn
to live in the present → vivre dans le présent
at present → en ce moment
up to the present → jusqu'à présent
for the present → pour l'instant
there's no time like the present! → pourquoi attendre?
to present sb with sth [+ award, medal] → présenter qch à qn; [+ gift] → offrir qch à qn; [+ fact]
We were presented with a fait accompli → Nous nous trouvions en face d'un fait accompli.
to present sth to sb [+ prize, award] → présenter qch à qn
You will have to present your findings to the board → Vous devrez présenter vos résultats au conseil.
Information can be presented in many ways → L'information peut être présentée de nombreuses manières.
to present itself → se présenter
if the opportunity presents itself → si l'occasion se présente
Her lawyer wanted to present her in the most favourable light → Son avocat voulait la présenter sous le jour le plus favorable.
to present sth as sth → présenter qch comme qch
The government has presented these changes as major reforms → Le gouvernement a présenté ces changements comme des réformes majeures.
to present o.s. as sth → se présenter comme qch
present[adj, n ˈprɛznt; vb prɪˈzɛnt]
to be present at (gen) → essere presente a (officially) → presenziare a
those present → i presenti
in the present circumstances → date le circostanze attuali
at the present moment → al momento attuale
its present value → il suo valore attuale
at present → al momento
for the present → per il momento, per adesso, per ora
up to the present → fino a questo momento, finora
to present sb with sth, present sth to sb → fare dono di qc a qn (prize) → consegnare qc a qn
to present arms (Mil) → presentare le armi
to present o.s. for an interview → presentarsi per un colloquio
to present the news (TV, Radio) → leggere le notizie
presenting Jack Nicholson as ... → con Jack Nicholson nella parte di...