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I UK [ˈprez(ə)nt] / US [ˈprezənt] adjective
a) [only before noun] existing or happening now

The present situation cannot be allowed to continue.

In his present emotional state, he is capable of doing anything.

The present owners purchased the farm in 1976.

the present day (= now):

the history of Scotland from the 16th century to the present day

b) being considered now

The 550 researchers in the present study have published a total of 6490 papers.

a) [never before noun] at an event, or in a place

I wasn't present when Dr Allott examined Clare.

present at:

Among those present at the ceremony were the ambassador and his wife.

b) existing somewhere

The chemicals obviously kill any bacteria present.

present in:

Both kinds of nucleic acid are present in all cells.

II UK [prɪˈzent] / US verb [transitive]
Word forms "present":
present tense I/you/we/they present he/she/it presents present participle presenting past tense presented past participle presented
1) to give something to someone formally or officially

Hannah was the guest of honour and presented the prizes.

present someone with something:

We are very pleased to have been presented with this prestigious award.

present something to someone:

Finally the mayor presented the medals to the winners.

2) to cause something such as a problem, threat, or opportunity

It was argued that the group's activities presented a threat to national security.

present someone with something:

Despite its free-market reforms, the country still presents foreign investors with a challenge.

present a problem/difficulty:

The task should present no difficulty for someone of her experience.

Nouns frequently used as objects of present
▪  challenge, difficulty, obstacle, problem, threat
3) to offer something for people to consider or judge

The commission presented its report in October.

present something to someone:

Barnes subsequently presented the case to a meeting of the Education Committee.

4) to show someone or something in a particular way so that people have a particular opinion about them

The film presents a disturbing image of youth culture.

Despite the disagreements, they managed to present a united front.

present someone/something as something:

Statistics can be used to challenge theories that are presented as facts.

present yourself as something:

In the run-up to the elections he sought to present himself as a family man.

5) British to be the person who introduces a television or radio programme

The show will be presented by Trevor McDonald.

6) to produce or organize something such as a play, film, or exhibition

Next week the Royal National Theatre presents Michael Frayn's Copenhagen.

7) to introduce someone formally to someone else, especially to an important person

Miss Abbott, may I present my nephew George Langley?

present someone to someone:

They hovered around, hoping to be presented to the Queen.

8) to show something such as a passport to someone in an official position so that they can check it

The soldiers stopped them and said they must present their papers.

present something to someone:

He presented his passport to the guard for inspection.

9) formal to express something such as greetings to someone

He has asked me to present his apologies for his absence.

a) to give a cheque to a bank so that it can be put into your account
b) to give someone a bill that they must pay
11) medical if a patient presents with particular signs of an illness, they have those signs

Children presenting with respiratory infections were given chest x-rays.

III UK [ˈprez(ə)nt] / US [ˈprezənt] noun
Word forms "present":
singular present plural presents
1) [countable] something that you give to someone, for example to celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday

Sam's grandma brings him huge numbers of presents every time she comes to visit.

wrap a present (= cover it in special paper):

Yuki was wrapping a present for her mother.

wedding/birthday/Christmas present:

I'm going to buy a wedding present for Chris and Karen.

2) the present the period of time that is happening now

We must learn to live in the present, not in the past.

3) the present
linguistics the present tense

(there's) no time like the presentspoken used for saying that someone should do something now, and not wait until later

"When do you want to meet?" "Well, there's no time like the present. How about today?"

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