Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “present”

See all translations

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)
What is the pronunciation of present?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More American English definitions for “present”

Definitions of “present” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

thug

a man who acts violently, especially to commit a crime

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

crossfit noun

March 23, 2015
high-intensity strength training Two women in strappy dresses discussed how much weight they could snatch

Read More