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present

noun  /ˈprez·ənt/ us  

present noun (SOMETHING GIVEN)

[C] something that is given without being asked for, esp. on a special occasion or to say thank you; a gift: a birthday/wedding/graduation present Did you wrap the present?

present noun (NOW)

[U] this period of time, not the past or the future; now: The story moves back and forth between the past and the present.

present

adjective [not gradable]  /ˈprez·ənt/ us  

present adjective [not gradable] (GRAMMAR)

specialized (in grammar) having the tense of a verb used to describe actions, events, or states that are happening or existing at this time: Her book is written entirely in the present tense.

present adjective [not gradable] (GRAMMAR)

grammar having the tense of a verb used to describe actions, events, or states that are happening or existing at this time: Her book is written entirely in the present tense.

present adjective [not gradable] (PLACE)

in a particular place: The mayor was present during the entire meeting.
(Definition of present noun, adjective from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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