presentnounuk /ˈprez.ənt/ us /ˈprez.ənt/
present noun (SOMETHING GIVEN)
- We're having a collection for Tom's retirement present.
- They got an entire set of silver cutlery as a wedding present.
- I was looking for a birthday present for my mother but I didn't find anything suitable.
- Aren't you going to unwrap your presents?
- The children squealed in delight when they saw all the presents under the Christmas tree.
present noun (NOW)
presentadjectiveuk /ˈprez.ənt/ us /ˈprez.ənt/
present adjective (IN A PLACE)
- Mind your language - there are ladies present!
- Is it necessary for all of us to be present at the meeting this afternoon?
- Melanin is the dark brown pigment of the hair, skin, and eyes that is present in varying amounts in every human being.
- More men are present at the births of their children these days.
- There ought to be an adult present at all times, when there are young children in the pool.
present adjective (NOW)
- Charlie has a clever plan for getting us out of our present difficulties.
- Unlike the present government, we believe in serving the community.
- The present system of payment will remain in effect until the end of the rental agreement.
- The present voting system distorts the wishes of the electorate.
- Are you feeling frustrated in your present job?
presentverb [T]uk /prɪˈzent/ us /prɪˈzent/
present verb [T] (GIVE)
- He has a lot more work to do before he can present the scheme to the public.
- Ruth was astonished when he presented her with an engagement ring.
- She presented a well-argued case for the banning of smoking in public places.
- She graciously accepted the flowers that were presented to her.
- The Duchess of Kent will be presenting the trophies.
present verb [T] (INTRODUCE)