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English adjective: present

1. present temporal sense; intermediate between past and future; now existing or happening or in consideration

SamplesThe present leader.
Articles for present use.
The present topic.
The present system.
Present observations.

Similarexisting, immediate, inst, instant, latter-day


Antonymsfuture, past

2. present being or existing in a specified place

SamplesThe murderer is present in this room.
Present at the wedding.
Present at the creation.

Similarattendant, ever-present, existing, here, naturally occurring, omnipresent, ubiquitous



English noun: present

1. present (time) the period of time that is happening now; any continuous stretch of time including the moment of speech

SamplesThat is enough for the present.
He lives in the present with no thought of tomorrow.


Broader (hypernym)time

Narrower (hyponym)date, here and now, moment, nonce, now, present moment, time being, today, tonight

2. present (possession) something presented as a gift

SamplesHis tie was a present from his wife.

Broader (hypernym)gift

Narrower (hyponym)birthday gift, birthday present, Christmas gift, Christmas present, wedding gift, wedding present

3. present (communication) a verb tense that expresses actions or states at the time of speaking

Synonymspresent tense

Broader (hypernym)tense

Narrower (hyponym)historical present

English verb: present

1. present (perception) give an exhibition of to an interested audience

SamplesShe shows her dogs frequently.
We will demo the new software in Washington.

Synonymsdemo, demonstrate, exhibit, show

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody with something

Broader (hypernym)show

Narrower (hyponym)bring home

2. present (communication) bring forward and present to the mind

SamplesWe presented the arguments to him.
We cannot represent this knowledge to our formal reason.

Synonymslay out, represent

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)say, state, tell

Narrower (hyponym)argue, argue, indicate, reason, spin

3. present (creation) perform (a play), especially on a stage

SamplesWe are going to stage `Othello'.

ExamplesDid he present his major works over a short period of time?

Synonymsrepresent, stage

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)re-create

Narrower (hyponym)localise, localize, place, set

Domain categoryperforming arts

4. present (possession) hand over formally


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody with something

Broader (hypernym)give

Narrower (hyponym)bring in

5. present (stative) introduce

SamplesThis poses an interesting question.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)be, comprise, constitute, make up, represent

6. present (possession) give, especially as an honor or reward

SamplesBestow honors and prizes at graduation.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)allocate, apportion

Narrower (hyponym)bestow, certificate, confer

7. present (possession) give as a present; make a gift of

SamplesWhat will you give her for her birthday?.

Synonymsgift, give

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Narrower (hyponym)bequeath, bung, cede, deed over, deliver, distribute, donate, dower, endow, fee, give away, give out, give up, grant, hand out, leave, pass out, raffle, raffle off, render, submit, surrender, tender, tip, treat, will

8. present (communication) deliver (a speech, oration, or idea)

SamplesThe commencement speaker presented a forceful speech that impressed the students.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize

Narrower (hyponym)speechify

9. present (communication) cause to come to know personally

SamplesPermit me to acquaint you with my son.
Introduce the new neighbors to the community.

Synonymsacquaint, introduce

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)inform

Narrower (hyponym)bring out, introduce, present, re-introduce, reintroduce

Verb groupacquaint, familiarise, familiarize

10. present (creation) represent abstractly, for example in a painting, drawing, or sculpture

SamplesThe father is portrayed as a good-looking man in this painting.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)interpret, represent

Narrower (hyponym)commend

Domain categoryart, artistic creation, artistic production

11. present (communication) present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize

SamplesWe confronted him with the evidence.
He was faced with all the evidence and could no longer deny his actions.
An enormous dilemma faces us.

Synonymsconfront, face

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody with something

Verb groupconfront, face, face up

12. present (communication) formally present a debutante, a representative of a country, etc.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)acquaint, introduce, present

13. present (communication) recognize with a gesture prescribed by a military regulation; assume a prescribed position

SamplesWhen the officers show up, the soldiers have to salute.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)greet, recognise, recognize

Entailgesticulate, gesture, motion

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