Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “present”

present

noun uk   /ˈprez.ənt/ us  

present noun (SOMETHING GIVEN)

A2 [C] (UK informal prezzie, or pressie) something that you are given, without asking for it, on a special occasion, especially to show friendship, or to say thank you: a birthday/Christmas/wedding present They gave me theatre tickets as a present.

present noun (NOW)

the present B1 [S] the period of time that is happening now, not the past or the future: That's all for the present. The play is set in the present.
See also
the present (tense) A1 [S] language the form of the verb that is used to show what happens or exists now: The verb in this sentence is in the present. at present B1 formal now: "Are you busy?" "Not at present." At present she's working abroad.

present

present

verb [T] uk   /prɪˈzent/ us  

present verb [T] (GIVE)

B2 to give, provide, or make something known: The winners were presented with medals. The letter presented the family with a problem that would be difficult to solve. The documentary presented us with a balanced view of the issue. He presented the report to his colleagues at the meeting. The classroom presented a cheerful busy atmosphere to the visitors (= appeared to them to have this). The school is presenting (= performing) 'West Side Story' as its end-of-term production.

present verb [T] (INTRODUCE)

B2 UK to introduce a television or radio show: She presents the late-night news. formal to introduce a person: May I present Professor Carter? Later on I'd like to present you to the headteacher. present yourself to arrive somewhere and introduce yourself: He presented himself at the doctor's at 9.30 a.m. as arranged. present itself C2 If something presents itself, it happens: An opportunity suddenly presented itself.
(Definition of present from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of present?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “present” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

look on the bright side

to find good things in a bad situation

Word of the Day

The language of work

by Kate Woodford,
October 15, 2014
Most of us talk about our jobs. We tell our family and friends interesting or funny things that have happened in the workplace (=room where we do our job), we describe – and sometimes complain about – our bosses and colleagues and when we meet someone for the first time, we tell

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More