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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.


the state of being present
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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In Disgrace the farm's location serves to foreground the "inescapable presentness of this past" (Cornwell, 2003:44), thereby positioning it as a threatening and potentially dangerous liminal space where the "self" encounters the "other", thereby establishing a state of transition, submission and potentially, also transformation.
Because of all my historical research, I have a great respect for that genre: the greenness, the presentness, the writer not knowing what will happen next.
In addition, the potentially limitless circulation and reproducibility of the television movie's video version compounds cinema's (medium-specific) spatial and temporal displacement (the intial gap between production and consumption), even if live television's ontology (before the era of constant reruns) used to be based on "immediacy" and presentness, after the theatre and radio models (Williams).
Such as: if time is nothing but something presentness, memory can be valued as much for its inefficiency as its efficiency: you can sometimes forget to forget.
And in "The Garrison of Cape Ann" he renders an evocatively dramatic sense of the presentness of the past:
As the intersubjective space of the therapeutic relationship assumed a central locus, transcendence of contact boundaries occurred so that it is as though a bubble enveloped learner-therapist and learner-client and is what we understand to be presentness as defined by Buber (1970:64).
One of the most basic premises in Gestalt therapy is to make everything very immediate, emphasizing the here and now, what Fritz Perls called presentness (Perls, 1969a, 1969b, 1970).
Runagate, Runagate" shows both the presentness of the past and the entanglement of historical and imagistic themes.
Whereas most social injury is deeply colored by history, "the most crucial fact about pain," Elaine Scarry remarks, "is its presentness.
This description of the more extensive scope of a historically-aware, temporalized adult consciousness assumes a corresponding unhistorical presentness of the infant mind which is able only to apprehend the association of like sounds in their sequence: not so much unhistorical, perhaps, as minimally historical, taken up with a personal history measured in seconds (the time it takes to traverse the spaces between words in a sentence or stanza) and not years or centuries.
True dialog includes (1) authenticity -- being direct, honest, and straightforward; (2) inclusion -- to see the other, to see things from the other's perspective; (3) confirmation -- acknowledging, accepting, and valuing the other; (4) presentness -- give full attention to the other and to topics of dialog, avoiding distractions, giving of one's self to the other(s) and to the discussion, and taking the time and effort to be fully participative; (5) establish the spirit of mutual equality -- avoid class, race, or status differences; see others as equals; and (6) create a supportive climate -- avoid judgments, ad hominem statements, arguments, and aiding others in getting their ideas expressed (Johannesen, 1996).
Philip Maltman's semi-abstract paintings, From The Malin Sea, in the lower public spaces, are not inspired by the past but by presentness, the stunning Ayrshire coastline, Maltman's childhood haunt.