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English definition of “present”

present

noun (NOW)    /ˈprez.ənt/
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 presentlyNow 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 .Now presentlyGrammar:PresentPresent time refers to the time around the moment of writing or speaking (time around now) and to general and permanent time. The two most common ways to refer to present time are the present simple for general facts and regular events, and the present continuous for an event happening now:Grammar:Present verb forms referring to the pastWe commonly use the present simple to refer to the past when we want to make events sound as if they are happening now. For example, news headlines are commonly written in the present simple:Grammar:Present: typical errors
(Definition of present noun (NOW) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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