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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb present:


Present is sometimes a misspelling of presents.

The word present is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun present

What does present mean as a name of something?

Present is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: presents

  1. the period of time that is happening now; any continuous stretch of time including the moment of speech
    • examples: that is enough for the present | he lives in the present with no thought of tomorrow
    • lexical domain: Time - nouns denoting time and temporal relations
    • synonym of present: nowadays
    • more generic word: time = the continuum of experience in which events pass from the future through the present to the past
    • more specific terms:
  2. something presented as a gift
  3. a verb tense that expresses actions or states at the time of speaking
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of present: present tense
    • more generic word: tense = a grammatical category of verbs used to express distinctions of time
    • more specific term: historical present = the use of the present tense to describe past actions or states

Alternative definition of the noun present


  1. The current moment or period of time.
  2. The present tense.
  3. A gift, especially one given for birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries, graduations, weddings, or any other special occasions.

Definition of the adjective present

What does present mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more present / presenter |

  1. temporal sense; intermediate between past and future; now existing or happening or in consideration
    • examples: the present leader | articles for present use | the present topic | the present system | present observations
    • adjective position: attributive adjective (it occurs before the noun)
    • antonyms: past; future
    • similar: existing; immediate; inst / instant; latter-day
    • attribute: timing = the time when something happens
  2. being or existing in a specified place

Alternative definition of the adjective present


  1. Relating to now, for the time being; current.
  2. Located in the immediate vicinity.

Definition of the verb present

What does present mean as a doing word?

Present is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: presented | presenting | presents

  1. give an exhibition of to an interested audience
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] with [Theme]Brown presented Jones with a plaque
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]Brown presented the plaque
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Recipient]Brown presented a plaque to Jones

      Verbs of Change of Possession (with the same syntax): issue, leave, trust.

    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonyms of present: demo / demonstrate / exhibit / show
    • more generic word: show = make visible or noticeable
    • more specific term: bring home = make understandable and clear
  2. bring forward and present to the mind
    • example: We presented the arguments to him
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Recipient] with [Theme]Brown presented Jones with a plaqueVerbs of Change of Possession: issue, leave, trust
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]Brown presented the plaque
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to [Recipient]Brown presented a plaque to Jones
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]I presented a solutionVerbs of Reflexive Appearance: announce, assert, declare, define, exhibit, expose, express, flaunt, form, intrude, manifest, offer, pose, proffer, propose, recommend, reveal, shape, show, suggest
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] to [Recipient]I presented a solution to him
      [Theme] [Verb] [Oblique, reflexive]A solution presented itself yesterday
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonyms of present: lay out / represent
    • more generic words: say / state / tell = express in words
    • more specific words:
      • reason / argue = present reasons and arguments
      • indicate / argue = give evidence of
      • spin = twist and turn so as to give an intended interpretation
  3. perform (a play), especially on a stage
  4. hand over formally
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of present: submit
    • more generic word: give = transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
    • more specific term: bring in = submit (a verdict) to a court
  5. introduce
  6. give, especially as an honor or reward
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • synonym of present: award
    • more generic words: allocate / apportion = distribute according to a plan or set apart for a special purpose
    • more specific words:
  7. give as a present; make a gift of
  8. deliver (a speech, oration, or idea)
  9. cause to come to know personally
  10. represent abstractly, for example in a painting, drawing, or sculpture
  11. present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize
  12. formally present a debutante, a representative of a country, etc.
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic words: acquaint / introduce = cause to come to know personally
  13. recognize with a gesture prescribed by a military regulation; assume a prescribed position

Alternative definition of the verb present


  1. [transitive] To reveal, to show.
  2. [transitive, legal] To offer to a court or legislature for consideration.
  3. [transitive] To demand that a drawee pay, or that the presenter's bank accept, (a draft).
  4. [transitive] To award a trophy, gift, etc, to.
  5. [intransitive, medicine] To come to the attention of medical staff


Present is a Belgian progressive rock group formed by guitarist Roger Trigaux in 1979.


  1. "Present" is an album by Van der Graaf Generator, released in 2005. It was the band's first studio album since The Quiet Zone/The Pleasure Dome in 1977, and the first with the 'classic' line-up since World Record in 1976. The Charisma Records label was reactivated for its release, as well as a reissue series of Van der Graaf Generator's back catalog and Peter Hammill's solo releases from 1972-80.
  2. "Present": Timbaland and Magoo: Present is a compilation album released by American hip-hop duo Timbaland & Magoo on March 14, 2005. The collection includes a seventeen-track album, containing a selection of the duo's singles and favourite tracks, as well material from Timbaland's solo album Tim's Bio: Life from da Bassment, packaged with a bonus DVD featuring eleven music videos, including six of the duo's own video clips, plus additional videos by Aaliyah and Justin Timberlake. Six months before the album was released, a promotional taster extended play was released on 12" vinyl. It includes four tracks.
  3. "Present" was Bonnie Pink's sixth studio album released under the Warner Music Japan label on February 19, 2003.
  4. "Present" is the second studio album by the Australian band Killing Heidi, released in Australia on 25 October 2002. It succeeded the group's enormously successful debut album, 2000's Reflector.
    • genre: Rock music
    • released on (12 years ago)
  5. "Present" is Yuki Uchida's sixth album and first compilation album, including 8 "A-side" and one "B side" songs from her previous singles, one song from her previous album, and two unreleased tracks. It is released in Japan on December 3, 1997 on King Records label. It charted n°33 on Oricon charts.
    • genre: J-pop
    • released on (18 years ago)
  6. "Present" is a musical album of Sun Electric.
    • released in (19 years ago)
  7. "Present" is a musical album of Yui Asaka.
    • released on (28 years ago)
  8. "Present" is a composition.
  9. "Present" is a musical EP of Donghae & Eunhyuk.
    • released on
  10. "PRESENT" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  11. "Present" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  12. "Present" is a composition.
  13. "PRESENT" is a musical album of CNBLUE.
    • released on
  14. "PRESENT" is a musical album of Kōji Tamaki.
    • released on (8 years ago)
  15. "PRESENT" is a musical single of Rie fu.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  16. "Present" is a musical album of Artist Unknown.
    • released on (8 years ago)
  17. "Present" is a musical single of Flumpool.
    • released on
  18. "Present" is a musical EP of Shizuka Ito.
    • released on
  19. "Present" is a musical album of Élena.
    • released in (12 years ago)
  20. "PRESENT" is a musical album of Dew.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  21. "PRESENT" is a musical single of Tinc.
  22. "Present" is a musical album of Eliah Smith.
    • released on
  23. "PRESENT" is a musical single of Juju.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  24. "Present" is a musical album of Kicking Giant.
    • released in (23 years ago)
  25. "Present" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  26. "Present" is a musical album of Östblocket.
  27. "Present" is a musical album of Sass Jordan.


  1. "Present" is a 2013 animation, short film written and directed by Felipe Ávila Neves.
  2. "Present" is a short film, directed by Kim Jee-woon.


"Present", also known as Future, is a 1935 outdoor sculpture by Robert Ingersoll Aitken, located in front of the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C. John Russell Pope served as the sculpture's architect and Edward H. Ratti served as its carver. The sculpture is made of Indiana limestone and measures approximately 20 x 8 x 12 feet, with a base approximately 12 x 12 x 15 feet. Present is a companion piece to Past, also located in front of the National Archives Building.

  • also known as Future


  1. The present is the time that is associated with the events perceived directly and in the first time, not as a recollection or a speculation. It is a period of time between the past and the future, and can vary in meaning from being an instant to a day or longer. In radiocarbon dating, the "present" is defined as AD 1950.
    • also known as 現在
  2. Present a.k.a. Présent is a French newspaper. It was founded in 1982. It is close to the French Front National, and follows a traditionalist Catholic editorial line. Jean Madiran was for long its editor in chief and is still involved in it.
  3. PRESENT is a new ultra lightweight block cipher algorithm, developed by the Orange Labs, Ruhr University Bochum and the Technical University of Denmark. PRESENT is designed by Andrey Bogdanov, Lars R. Knudsen, Gregor Leander, Christof Paar, Axel Poschmann, Matthew J. B. Robshaw, Yannick Seurin, and C. Vikkelsoe. It is one of the most compact encryption methods ever designed and is 2.5 times smaller than AES. The block size is 64 bits and the key size can be 80 bit or 128 bit. It is intended to be used in situations where low-power consumption and high chip efficiency is desired. The International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission included PRESENT in the new international standard for lightweight cryptographic methods.

Phrases with Present

Phrases starting with the word Present:

  1. present-day
  2. present tense
  3. present times
  4. present moment
  5. Present System
  6. present perfect
  7. Present Imperfect
  8. Present continuous
  9. Present Indicative

Phrases ending with the word Present:

  1. at present
  2. to present
  3. ever-present
  4. Simple present
  5. Simple-Present
  6. For the Present
  7. wedding present
  8. birthday present
  9. christmas present
  10. historical present

Other phrase containing the word Present:

  1. Net present value

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Present

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Google previewBeing Relational (2015)

The Seven Ways to Quality Interaction and Lasting Change by Louise Phipps Senft, William Senft

Being present means you show up.

Google previewFeeling Your Way Through (2014)

by Cathy Covell

Being present means that instead of reacting to triggers and situations based on what happened to you in your past, you act and respond appropriately based upon what's happening currently in your life. Begin by taking some time throughout ...

Google previewThe Power of Divine Eros (2013)

The Illuminating Force of Love in Everyday Life by A. H. Almaas, Karen Johnson

Being present means being in your experience in a different way than you normally are as you go about your life—that is, in a less distracted condition that enables you to hear better, receive better, feel yourself better, and be more aware of ...

Google previewThe Thriver's Edge (2015)

Seven Keys to Transform the Way You Live, Love, and Lead by Donna Stoneham

Being present also means developing the capacity to “unitask,” or focus on what's in front of us, rather than trying to do fifty things at once. This can be something as simple as turning away from our computer screen when someone comes into ...

Google previewThe Gentle Art of Discipling Women (2016)

Nurturing Authentic Faith in Ourselves and Others by Dana Yeakley

Being present means paying profound attention to the moment we are in. Without this quality, we find ourselves unduly concentrating on an unrelated task or distraction instead of focusing on the people around us. If we want to truly recognize ...

Google previewCreate Brand Attraction (2017)

A New Strategy That Uses the Laws of Human Attraction to Decode Marketing in a Digital and Social Media Age by Michael Kotick

Being present means knowing what's been said, acknowledging the feeling, and doing something that makes sense in the context of the moment. It works in personal relationships, and it does a lot for brands. For another example, let's say that ...

Google previewCompanioning at a Time of Perinatal Loss (2005)

A Guide for Nurses, Physicians, Social Workers, Chaplains and Other Bedside Caregivers by Jane Heustis, RN, Marcia Jenkins, Alan D. Wolfelt

" Being present means giving yourself completely for a moment in time. Presence grows from our instinctive caring. It comes when we shed our professional coats and enter into the family's experience.

Google previewDeep Healing and Transformation (2017)

by Hans TenDam

Being present means feeling at home. Not feeling at home means we would rather be elsewhere. Being present may spread to feeling at home in our body and at home in this world. In PLR we regularly deal with people who don't want to be in ...

Google previewLife Is a Choice and the Choice Is Yours (2015)

by Rhiannon Rees

Being present means being fully engaged in the moment with all your senses attuned to the here and now. You are neither dreaming of the future nor regretting the past. You are in the moment. THE THIRD LAW OF DECISION is to accept what ...

Google previewThe Mindful Diet (2015)

How to Transform Your Relationship with Food for Lasting Weight Loss and Vibrant Health by Ruth Wolever PhD, Beth Reardon MS, RD, LDN, Tania Hannan

Being present means you' re ...

Google previewA Commercial Dictionary (1803)

Containing the Present State of Mercantile Law, Practice, and Custom Intended for the Use of the Cabinet, the Counting-house, and the Library by Joshua Montefiore

Containing the Present State of Mercantile Law, Practice, and Custom Intended for the Use of the Cabinet, the Counting-house,

Google previewNew Zealand Māori Word Encyclopedia (2007)

by Sally-Anne Lambert

SHARING Gift / Present hakari/ koha A present presented or placed before someone in tapae manner tapae Gift / Pledge / Token takoha Token or expression of affection maimaiaroha Keepsake manatunga Token of respect or regard kotua A ...

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Quotes about Present

Look I am fine
I am happy within.

Look I am present all around
I have no past
I have no future.

Always present
Everywhere present
Is my nature.

Look I am in peace
I renounced everything
Nothing is mine. (Gajanan Mishra)
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Scrabble value of P3R1E1S1E1N1T1

The value of this 7-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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