pres|ent1 W2S2 [ˈprezənt] adj
4 the present day
5 the present
6 all present and correct
7 present company excepted
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: Latin praesens, present participle of praeesse 'to be before']
1.) ¦(PLACE)¦ [not before noun]
in a particular place
≠ ↑absent present at/in
Foreign observers were present at the elections.
the gases present in the earth's atmosphere
2.) ¦(MEMORY)¦ [not before noun]
to be felt strongly or remembered for a long time
present in
The memory of her brother's death is still present in her mind.
3.) ¦(TIME)¦ [only before noun]
happening or existing now
the present situation of the millions of people who are suffering poverty and disease
At the present time we have no explanation for this.
4.) the present day also the present
in the time now, or modern times
The practice has continued from medieval times to the present day.
5.) the present also the present tense
technical the form of the verb that shows an existing state or action
the present tense of the verb 'to be'
6.) all present and correct
BrE all present and accounted for
AmE used to say that everyone who is supposed to be in a place, at a meeting etc is now here
7.) present company excepted
spoken used when you are criticizing a group of people and you want to tell the people you are with that they are not included in the criticism
Women are never satisfied with anything! Present company excepted, of course.
present 2
pre|sent2 W1S2 [prıˈzent] v
2¦(cause something to happen)¦
3 present yourself
10 something presents itself
11¦(formally introduce somebody)¦
12 present your apologies/compliments etc
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: presenter, from Latin praesentare, from praesens; PRESENT1]
1.) ¦(GIVE)¦ [T]
to give something to someone, for example at a formal or official occasion
present sb with sth
He was presented with a bottle of champagne.
She was presented with an award .
present sth to sb/sth
The computer centre presented a cheque for £500 to cancer research.
to cause something to happen or exist
present sb with sth
I knew I had presented her with an impossible task.
present a problem/difficulty
Large classes present great problems to many teachers.
3.) present yourself
to talk and behave in a particular way when you meet people
He presents himself well.
to show or describe someone or something
The artist was determined to present an accurate picture.
We'll present the information using a chart.
present sb as sth
Shakespeare presents the hero as a noble man doomed to make mistakes.
present yourself as sth
The government presents itself as being sensitive to environmental issues.
5.) ¦(SPEECH)¦ [T]
to give a speech in which you offer an idea, plan etc to be considered or accepted
Our manager is due to present the report at the end of the month.
present sth to sb
On January 3 the company will present its plans to the bank.
to show something such as an official document or ticket to someone in an official position
You must present your passport to the customs officer.
to give a performance in a theatre, cinema etc, or broadcast a programme on television or radio
Edinburgh Theatre Company presents 'The Wind in the Willows'
BrE if you present a television or radio programme, you introduce its different parts
American Equivalent: host
Thursday's The Late Show was presented by Cynthia Rose.
9.) ¦(APPEARANCE)¦ [T]
to give something or someone a particular appearance or style
The restaurant likes to present food with style.
10.) sth presents itself
if a situation, opportunity etc presents itself, it suddenly happens or exists
I'll tell her as soon as the opportunity presents itself .
to formally introduce someone to another person, especially to someone of a very high rank
I was presented to the Queen in 1964.
12.) present your apologies/compliments etc
formal used to greet someone, say sorry to them etc very politely
Mrs. Gottlieb presents her apologies and regrets she will not be able to attend.
13.) ¦(ILLNESS)¦ [I and T]
medical to show an illness by having a particular ↑symptom (=sign of an illness)
The doctor asked whether any of the children had been presenting any unusual symptoms.
Three of the five patients presented with fever and severe headaches.
present 3
pres|ent3 [ˈprezənt] n
[Sense: 1; Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: presenter; PRESENT2]
[Sense: 2-4; Date: 1200-1300; Origin: PRESENT1]
something you give someone on a special occasion or to thank them for something
= ↑gift
I was searching for a present for Mark.
birthday/Christmas present
I gave her a very special present for her birthday.
2.) the present
a) the time that is happening now
Stop worrying about the past and live in the present.
The film is set sometime between 1995 and the present.
'When do you want to start?' 'Well, there's no time like the present (=used to say that if you are going to do something at all, you should do it now) .'
b) technical the form of the verb that shows what exists or is happening now
= ↑the present tense
3.) at present
at this time
= ↑now
The item you want is not available at present.
At present, the airport handles 110 flights a day.
4.) for the present
something that exists or will be done for the present exists now and will continue for a while, though it may change in the future
The company is still in business, at least for the present.

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