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"present" in British English

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presentnoun

uk   /ˈprez.ənt/ us   /ˈprez.ənt/
  • 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.

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  • present noun (NOW)

the present B1 [S]

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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.

presentadjective

uk   /ˈprez.ənt/ us   /ˈprez.ənt/
  • present adjective (IN A PLACE)

B1 [after verb] in a particular place: The whole family was present. There were no children present.

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  • present adjective (NOW)

[before noun] happening or existing now: I don't have her present address. Please state your present occupation and salary.

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presentverb [T]

uk   /prɪˈzent/ us   /prɪˈzent/
  • 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.

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  • 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.

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(Definition of present from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"present" in American English

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presentnoun

us   /ˈprez·ənt/
  • 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.

presentadjective [not gradable]

us   /ˈprez·ənt/
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.
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.
in a particular place: The mayor was present during the entire meeting.

presentverb [T]

us   /prɪˈzent/
  • present verb [T] (PROVIDE)

to give, show, provide, or make known: The mayor presented five firefighters with medals for saving people’s lives. Two clubs in the neighborhood present jazz on Thursdays. Dr. Gottlieb will present her research in a series of lectures this spring.
If you present yourself, you go to someone or make yourself known to someone: Paul Groncki presented himself to the receptionist on the 41st floor.
If something presents itself, it happens or takes place: An opportunity suddenly presented itself.
  • present verb [T] (CAUSE)

to cause something: Falling tax revenues present a problem for the city.
  • present verb [T] (INTRODUCE)

fml to introduce a person: I’m pleased to present my son, Charles.
(Definition of present from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"present" in Business English

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presentverb [T]

uk   /prɪˈzent/ us  
to offer your thoughts, ideas, plans, etc., to others for them to consider: He will present a detailed explanation of the new sales campaign at the next meeting.
to give a bill, cheque, document, etc., to someone: Today a store scans your goods, and you simply present your credit card and sign your name.present sb with sth Organizers presented her with a check for $25,000.present sth to sb We presented our passports to the customs officer.
if someone or something presents a problem, opportunity, etc., they create it: The shake-out in bank shares may well have presented an opportunity for bargain hunters.be presented with sth He was presented with a tough choice.
(Definition of present from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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