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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.
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