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pres·ent 1

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 praesēns, praesent-, present participle of praeesse, to be present : prae-, pre- + esse, to be; see es- in Indo-European roots.]

pres′ent·ness n.

pre·sent 2

v. pre·sent·ed, pre·sent·ing, pre·sents
a. To make a gift or award of: presented the medal to the winner.
b. To make a gift to: presented the winner with a medal.
a. To offer for observation, examination, or consideration; show or display: The detective presented his badge.
b. To offer (a play, for example) for public entertainment.
c. To afford or furnish: The situation presented us with a chance to improve our knowledge.
d. To turn or position in the direction of another: presented his face to the camera.
e. Immunology To display (an antigen) on the cell surface. Used especially of cells such as macrophages and dendritic cells, where the displayed antigen activates T cells as part of an immune response.
3. To represent or depict in a certain manner: The movie presents bankers as greedy and coldhearted.
a. To introduce, especially with formal ceremony.
b. To introduce (a young woman) to society with conventional ceremony.
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.
1. To make a presentation.
2. Medicine
a. To be evident or manifest. Used of a disease or condition: how Lyme disease presents in its later stages.
b. To exhibit symptoms or signs during a medical examination: The patient presented with headache and heel pain.
1. pres·ent (prĕz′ənt) Something presented; a gift.
2. pre·sent (prĭ-zĕnt′) The position of a rifle or other weapon when presented.

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

pre·sent′er n.
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the state of being present
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.presentness - the quality of being the present; "a study of the pastness of the present and...of the presentness of the past"- R.E.Spiller
timing - the time when something happens
currentness, up-to-dateness, currency - the property of belonging to the present time; "the currency of a slang term"
futurity - the quality of being in or of the future
pastness - the quality of being past
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This gives his prose a sense of 'presentness' and the readers feel that they are in a close proximity as if events are occurring in their presence.
This companion reinforces the "presentness" of historical contexts, reminiscence, and their prodigious pertinence to what we think of as contemporary Pakistan.
It is with this in mind that he posed the question: "is there any reason why we ought to study things under the aspect of their past-ness rather than under the aspect of their present-ness, which is the aspect under which everything offers itself for contemplation immediately?" (16) White believed that the study of past things under the aspect of their presentness was the only redeeming path for history; it was also the path that led him away from the discipline.
"A fotografia afirma a presenca do mundo aceitando a nossa ausencia dele" ["Photography maintains the presentness of the world by accepting ou abscence from it"] (Cavell, 1979, p.23, traducao nossa).
(33) What we might think of as the everyday's historiographic deep structure turns out over the course of Galperin's readings to contend with the import of presentness in Romanticism's understanding of selfhood.
Fiddes goes on to advise us not to confuse "presence" with "presentness." In their encounter with the uncanny experience of Tim Finnegan's rising, the mourners become aware of a threat to their "presentness" and work to maintain their hopeful expectation of the future without reflecting upon their "presence," the knowing of the self in the world.
Such open and fragmented patterns allow interpretative gaps that work as points of connection between past, present and future events, translating the brevity of the short-short narrative in a moment of shock that allows the presentness of the past and projects it in the future.
As for the dimensions of collaboration against which team members' interactions could be evaluated, Smith and Arnston (1991) stated that the criteria for collaboration include genuineness, empathic understanding, positive regard for the other, presentness, and aspirit of mutual equality.
There are various ways --at least, four in our view--in which one may interpret the locution "being present to the mind", i.e., by appealing either to (i) presentness in content, or to (ii) presentness in mode, or even to (iii) feeling of particularity, or finally to (iv) vividness.
The accurate translation according to Heidegger, however, would be a set of significations comprising 'home stead', at-homeness, a standing in and by itself, a self enclosedness, an integral presentness or thereness (German; Anwesen).