Definition of presentation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌprezənˈtāSH(ə)n/


1The proffering or giving of something to someone, especially as part of a formal ceremony: the presentation of certificates to new members the trophy presentations
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  • The trust held its annual Community Awards presentation when certificates and trophies were awarded by the Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire, John Bush, to a host of nominees.
  • This can be dealt with by having two stages, one specifically for performances and the other for award presentation and master of ceremonies.
  • The announcement was made on Wednesday at the Grand Stand on Queen's Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain, during the formal presentation of awards.
awarding, presenting, giving, handing over/out, bestowal, granting, award
1.1The manner or style in which something is given, offered, or displayed: the presentation of foods is designed to stimulate your appetite
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  • Panza's sensitivity to the villa's historical and natural character may also explain the specific objects he donated and the manner of their presentation.
  • Published in 1995, the set is an older release from Reader's Digest but presents an example of a simple style of presentation that will appeal to young beginner bakers.
  • After the second talk we joined a class as they settled down to work on their papers, giving them advice on writing style and presentation.
appearance, arrangement, packaging, disposition, display, layout
1.2A formal introduction of someone, especially at court.
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  • His early photojournalism evokes the passing of a way of life, including the last court presentation at Buckingham Palace in 1958.
  • Tiny ivory fans were put into tea chests and we all associate white ostrich feather with presentation at court.
  • In the life of a Victorian debutante, there were probably few experiences more exciting than her presentation to the Queen at Court.
1.3chiefly historical The action or right of formally proposing a candidate for a church benefice or other position: the Earl of Pembroke offered Herbert the presentation of the living of Bremerton
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  • Parents Rosemary and Theresa performed presentation of the candidates for Confirmation.
1.4A demonstration or display of a product or idea: a sales presentation
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  • Guest lectures, seminars, product presentations and cultural programmes will also be a part of the exhibition.
  • They need work that gives them time to do the best possible job, and that doesn't call for them to do presentations of their ideas before large crowds.
  • Lunch will be served at 2.45 pm, followed by speeches and presentations.
demonstration, talk, lecture, address, speech, show, exhibition, display, introduction, launch, launching, unveiling
2 Medicine The position of a fetus in relation to the cervix at the time of delivery: breech presentation
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  • The fetal presentation, position and station are then confirmed.
  • The registers we used lacked information on the presentation of the second twin before delivery of the first.
  • Posterior presentation is more of a problem for first babies and their mothers than it is for subsequent births; when a mother has given birth before, there is generally much more room for manoeuvre, so it is easier for the baby to rotate during labour.
2.1The coming forward of a patient for initial examination and diagnosis: all patients in this group were symptomatic at initial presentation
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  • However, these methods required an extended interval to obtain the diagnosis and were not helpful at the time of initial presentation.
  • The results of one chest x-ray examination performed a year after initial presentation were normal.
  • With experience, the disorder may be diagnosed with confidence on initial presentation or after a period of observation and minimal diagnostic testing.
3 (Presentation of Christ) another term for Candlemas.
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  • Christmas was soon complemented by the feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, forty days after his birth.
  • In the Church of England, the Presentation of Christ in the Temple is a Principal Feast celebrated either on 2 February or on the Sunday between 28 January and 3 February.
  • This is because it commemorates the Presentation of Christ by His Mother in the Temple at Jerusalem exactly forty days after His Birth.



Pronunciation: /-SHənl/
Example sentences
  • I particularly liked the part about ‘the need to consider the presentational aspects of what is contemplated and to handle public relations appropriately.’
  • Every painting in the Art Windows exhibition has a small presentational card to go with it, written in an archaic font and revealing the artist's thoughts and emotions while she was creating the particular work.
  • There is no reason why an international court cannot perform as well as a local court in this respect (with the added presentational advantage over a jury of producing a written judgement).


Pronunciation: /-SHənl-ē/
Example sentences
  • I don't think they've done much wrong presentationally so far.
  • It may make sense in terms of parliamentary etiquette, but presentationally it is difficult to sustain.
  • Legal rules may well be used presentationally, rather than being operational working rules.


Late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin praesentatio(n-), from Latin praesentare 'place before' (see present2).

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Syllabification: pres·en·ta·tion

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