- 1 [predic.] In a particular place: a doctor must be present at the ringside the speech caused embarrassment to all those presentMore example sentences
- We have an inside source who was present at the rally and is familiar with the reporters involved.
- However they were present in large numbers and settled for a short procession inside the church.
- Insiders ask whether he should have been present rather than delegating decision-making to his chief executive.
- 1.1Existing or occurring in a place or thing: gases present in the atmosphereMore example sentences
- It is estimated that some several million tonnes of CFCs are present in the atmosphere.
- The next step is to remove any loose or flaking paint that may be present near the joint by scraping or sanding.
- The mercury compound was present in a series of child vaccines available in the UK.
- 2 [attributive] Existing or occurring now: she did not expect to find herself in her present situationMore example sentences
- Given the present situation, it seems that no long or short term planning was ever done to meet the growing power demand.
- A tram link between Interchange and Forster Square stations would be slightly better than the present situation.
- There is an awful description in use about the present situation - the ‘new normal’.
- 2.1Now being considered or discussed: the present article cannot answer every questionMore example sentences
- The present article will discuss some general principles by which music is given clarity and unity.
- He was of course discussing the present draft guidelines for the conservation of wild Atlantic salmon.
- The possible reasons for the discrepancy in the present data set are discussed later.
- 2.2 Grammar (Of a tense or participle) expressing an action now going on or habitually performed, or a condition now existing.More example sentences
- The only problem is that it looks or sounds for the most part, therefore, exactly the same as the present tense of the verb.
- It should be clear that an apology has to be in the first person, and in the present tense.
- Another peculiarity of headlinese is that it is almost always in the present tense.
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- 1 (usually the present) The period of time now occurring: they are happy and at peace, refusing to think beyond the presentMore example sentences
- The play is set in the present and covers a period of around one month in Spring.
- You see, the game takes place in two time periods: the past and the present.
- So for now she keeps up her hopes for the future while surviving in the present.
all present and correct
- Used to indicate that not a single thing or person is missing.More example sentences
- His trademark strutting, pouting, leaping, punching and perspiring were all present and correct and he skipped his way around the stage like he was genuinely enjoying the evening.
- The sentences are fine - subject, object, verb: all present and correct - but, when strung together, their meaning grows elusive.
- Yep, they're there now, all present and correct.
- Now: membership at present stands at about 5,000More example sentences
- Michael is in hospital at present and it is hoped that he will soon be back playing cards.
- I would have to look out on to a car park, rather than the trees I see at present.
- I doubt that they are all deceased as they were all about my age and I am 70 at present.
for the present
- For now; temporarily: they were safe enough for the presentMore example sentences
- It now appears that the tax credit program is safe for the present.
- I am also introducing a Finance Bill, seeking to continue the existing tax structure for the present.
- I believe that for the present, at least, our major contributions lie in this area.
(there is) no time like the present
- An action should be done now rather than later: ‘When do you want me to leave?’ ‘No time like the present.’More example sentences
- But nevertheless, no time like the present to begin.
- ‘We have to start winning soon,’ he said, ‘and there's no time like the present.’
- If you haven't had a chance to contribute yet, well… there's no time like the present!
present company excepted
- Excluding those who are here now: he’s the hardest bargainer in the business, present company excepted of courseMore example sentences
- He is a really smart guy, he's been managing editor of ‘The New York Times’ and he has been writing I would say the best column in American journalism over the past two years, present company excepted.
- Present company excepted, I think it's just an excuse for the vain and shallow to fill their otherwise empty leisure time.
- Well, I think we do know that the television media - present company excepted of course - have not been giving him a very good break.
- Law , • formal This document: the premises outlined in red on the Plan annexed to these presentsMore example sentences
- Should there be any conflict between these presents and the Contract Documents these presents shall prevail.
- The Trustee may determine all questions and doubts arising in relation to any of the provisions of these presents and the Security Documents.
- All moneys received by the Trustee under these presents and/or under the Security Documents shall be held by the Trustee upon trust to apply them.
Middle English: via Old French from Latin praesent- 'being at hand', present participle of praeesse, from prae 'before' + esse 'be'.
- 1Give or award formally or ceremonially: the duke presented certificates to the men a local celebrity will present the prizesMore example sentences
- Terese Capucilli's award will be presented to her at the ceremony by actor and graphics designer Bill Randolph.
- The trophy was presented by best-selling author Bill Bryson who described it as a very exciting match.
- Ruth, 18, offered to present the painting to Mr Bayley as a memento of York, the floods and the exhibition.
- 1.1 (present someone with) Give someone (a gift or award) in a formal or ceremonial way: my pupils presented me with some flowersMore example sentences
- Stephanie Donnelly was presented with £200 in gift vouchers by TV presenter Philippa Forrester.
- Chief Superintendent Garry Shewan, head of Bury police, presented David with a Divisional Commander's Award.
- Another colleague and neighbour, Joe Boyle, presented Paddy with a holiday gift voucher and a fishing rod.
- 1.2Show or offer (something) for others to scrutinize or consider: he stopped and presented his passportMore example sentences
- He's kick-started the process by studying many of the proposals on offer and presenting this draft plan of action.
- The joint committee, which presents a preliminary report this autumn, comprises three Liberal Democrats, 12 Labour, seven Tories and two crossbenchers.
- All you will have to do to take advantage of the offer is to present your card when you make your purchase.
- 1.3Formally deliver (a cheque or bill) for acceptance or payment: a cheque presented by Mr Jackson was returned by the bankMore example sentences
- Like other types of bills of exchange payable on demand, a cheque has to be presented for payment within a reasonable time.
- The builder simply presented his bill for payment.
- When a cheque is presented for payment the paying bank, as we know, must comply strictly with its customer's mandate.
- 1.4 Law Bring (a complaint, petition, or evidence) formally to the notice of a court: the psychological evidence was presented in courtMore example sentences
- Judges are obliged to remain open-minded about the outcome of a case until the relevant evidence has been presented in court.
- On 3 June 1992 it was wound up by the High Court on a petition presented by the Bank of England.
- The claim form in this action was issued on 19th April 2001 and the Petition was presented to the court on the same day.
- 2Formally introduce (someone) to someone else: may I present my wife?More example sentences
- An under-matron at Malsis school, she was presented by the wife of her cousin, Commander Ian Steel RN.
- A Mossi baby is formally presented to the community three days after birth for a boy, and four days after birth for a girl.
- On September 14th as Marquise de Pompadour she was formally presented at court.
- 2.1 (present oneself) Appear formally before others: he failed to present himself in courtMore example sentences
- Then one day a man appears at his door, presenting himself as John Shooter, and accuses Mort of copying a story from him.
- But it was a composed and prepared Smith who appeared on Newsmaker Live to present herself for public scrutiny.
- David presented himself at the emergency room of the hospital one and one-half days after the third cystoscopy.
- 2.2 (present someone to) (In church use) recommend an ordained minister to a bishop for institution to (a benefice).More example sentences
- In 1828 he was presented to the vicarage of St Mary's, Oxford, where his 4 o'clock Sunday sermons attracted much attention.
- 2.3 [no object] (often present with) Medicine (Of a patient) come forward for initial medical examination for a particular condition or symptom: the patient presented with mild clinical encephalopathyMore example sentences
- Mr. Smith is a 63-year-old man who presents to his family physician with typical anginal chest pain.
- On average, one full school day was missed unnecessarily after children presented to hospital emergency departments with minor injuries.
- At 12 months of age, the patient presented to the hospital with vomiting.
- 3Introduce or announce the various items of (a television or radio show) as a participant: the Late Show was presented by Cynthia RoseMore example sentences
- Riddoch has spent the past five years on Radio Scotland, presenting a daily show that tackles issues high on the national news agenda.
- His brother, Grant Stott, 35, presents a radio show on Edinburgh's Forth One.
- Hewitt met her when they presented a radio show together.
- 3.1(Of a company or producer) put (a show or exhibition) before the public.More example sentences
- The Multi Storey Theatre Company is presenting the hour-long show, ideal for families with children over the age of five and an adult audience too.
- NTC Touring Theatre Company presents a second show, The Stars Look Down, on Tuesday.
- Sam Dowling's energetic and innovative Roscommon-based experimental theatre company presents its exciting new production.
- 4Be the cause of (a problem or difficulty): the suspect may present a danger to himself or othersMore example sentences
- Even the newer equipment presents difficult problems of ballot design.
- And we have seen that sexism presents a greater difficulty than racism in this regard as well.
- The lack of affordable housing presents problems for the whole of the community - if there is no one to nurse the sick, teach the children or work on the land everyone suffers.
- 4.1Exhibit (a particular state or appearance) to others: the EC presented a united front over the crisisMore example sentences
- None of this could be seen from the front, where the house presents a traditional Chinese appearance to passers-by.
- But, more crucially, he was also able to present a united political front.
- The exterior of the car, which is 46 feet long by 10 feet wide, presents a splendid appearance.
- 4.2Represent (someone or something) to others in a particular way: the prime minister presented himself as a radical figureMore example sentences
- Within a sexist ideology and a male-dominated cinema, woman is presented as what she represents for man…
- Each party's representative presents the situation as he or she understands it, emphasizing the important issues and the outcome desired.
- It allows him to present his laddish repartee as a courageous swipe against repression.
- 4.3 (present itself) (Of an opportunity or idea) occur and be available for use or exploitation: when a favourable opportunity presented itself he would submit his propositionMore example sentences
- I started playing golf since about age 14, and can remember playing in rain or shine whenever the chance presented itself.
- They are not like the other girls at Moore River, and, when an opportunity presents itself, they escape.
- She does not plan large works in advance, but instead visits the designated exhibition space and waits for an idea to present itself to her.
- 4.4 [no object] Medicine (Of an illness) manifest itself.More example sentences
- Influenza may present as a mild respiratory illness similar to the common cold.
- Firstly, hepatitis C is not an uncommon disease presenting to general practitioners.
- However, none of the 5 tumors presenting during pregnancy and lactation that were tested were positive for either protein.
- 5 [no object] Medicine (Of a part of a fetus) be directed towards the cervix during labour.More example sentences
- Gardberg et al found that 68% of fetuses presenting as occiput posterior position at birth resulted from a malrotation from an initial occiput anterior position.
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- Hold a rifle vertically in front of the body as a salute.More example sentences
- When the casket is removed from the hearse, the squad presents arms and then performs the military ritual.
- The Victoria and Albert cast off from Port Victoria Pier at 20 minutes after 3 and steamed down to Sheerness Harbour, the crews of the vessels in the river manning ship and the guards presenting arms as her Majesty passed.
- The World War I story of ‘preachers presenting arms’ has been told before, but Gamble tells it well.
Middle English: from Old French presenter, from Latin praesentare 'place before' (in medieval Latin 'present as a gift'), from praesent- 'being at hand' (see present1).
- A thing given to someone as a gift: a Christmas presentMore example sentences
gift, donation, offering, contribution, handout, presentation, bestowal; largesse, alms, charity, bonus, award, premium, bounty, boon, favour; bequest, legacy, settlement; subsidy, grant, endowment, benefaction; tip, gratuity; in the Middle and Far East baksheesh; French pourboire• formal perquisite• archaic conferment
- Decorative serving platters also make great presents for the culinarily gifted.
- Camelot believes the scratchcard, launched tomorrow, will appeal to people who buy record or gift tokens as presents.
- Practical presents are now a favourite of mine: getting gifts that you like but wouldn't necessarily buy yourself.
make a present of
- Give as a gift: he had made a present of a hacienda to the presidentMore example sentences
- To make a gift of something to someone is to make a present of some part of oneself.
- If you are thinking of buying this perfect literary gift, I suggest you make a present of it to yourself.
- With five outlets to choose from it won't be too difficult to find something to suit all tastes not to mention making a present of something which will be helping the Developing World and its farmers and producers.
Middle English: from Old French, originally in the phrase mettre une chose en present à quelqu'un 'put a thing into the presence of a person'.