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Dictionary definition for: Present

1. (n) 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"

2. (v) show or demonstrate something to an interested audience; "She shows her dogs frequently" "We will demo the new software in Washington"

3. (n) something presented as a gift; "his tie was a present from his wife"

4. (a) spatial sense; being or existing in a specified place; "the murderer is present in this room" "present at the wedding" "present at the creation"

5. (v) bring forward and present to the mind; "We presented the arguments to him" "We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason"

6. (v) perform (a play), especially on a stage; "we are going to stage "Othello"

7. (n) a verb tense that expresses actions or states at the time of speaking

8. (v) hand over formally

9. (v) introduce; "This poses an interesting question"

10. (v) give, especially as a reward; "bestow honors and prizes at graduation"

11. (v) give as a present; make a gift of; "What will you give her for her birthday?"

12. (v) deliver (a speech, oration, or idea) "The commencement speaker presented a forceful speech that impressed the students"

13. (v) cause to come to know personally; "permit me to acquaint you with my son" "introduce the new neighbors to the community"

14. (v) represent in a painting, drawing, sculpture, or verbally; "The father is portrayed as a good-looking man in this painting"

15. (v) 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"

16. (v) formally present a debutante, a representative of a country, etc.

17. (v) recognize with a gesture prescribed by a miltary regulation; assume a prescribed position; "When the officers show up, the soldiers have to salute"

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