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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 ​specialoccasion, ​especially to show ​friendship, or to say ​thank you: a ​birthday/​Christmas/​wedding present They gave me ​theatretickets 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 ​workingabroad.

presentadjective

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

B1 [after verb] in a ​particularplace: The ​wholefamily 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 ​stateyour 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 withmedals. The ​letter presented the ​family with aproblem that would be ​difficult to ​solve. The ​documentary presented us with a ​balancedview of the ​issue. He presented the ​report to his ​colleagues at the ​meeting. The ​classroom presented a ​cheerfulbusyatmosphere 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 ​arrivesomewhere 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 opportunitysuddenly 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 ​specialoccasion 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 ​describeactions, ​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 ​describeactions, ​events, or ​states that are ​happening or ​existing at this ​time: Her ​book is written ​entirely in the present ​tense.
in a ​particularplace: The ​mayor was present during the ​entiremeeting.

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 ​takesplace: An ​opportunitysuddenly presented itself.
  • present verb [T] (CAUSE)

to ​cause something: Falling ​taxrevenues 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   us   /prɪˈzent/
to ​offer your thoughts, ​ideas, ​plans, etc., to others for them to consider: He will present a detailed explanation of the new ​salescampaign at the next ​meeting.
to give a ​bill, ​cheque, ​document, etc., to someone: Today a ​storescans your ​goods, and you simply present your ​creditcard 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 ​customsofficer.
if someone or something presents a problem, ​opportunity, etc., they ​create it: The shake-out in ​bankshares 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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