Definition of presentation in English:


Line breaks: pres¦en|ta¦tion
Pronunciation: /prɛz(ə)nˈteɪʃ(ə)n


  • 1 [mass noun] The giving of something to someone, especially as part of a formal ceremony: the presentation of certificates to new members [count noun]: the Lord Lieutenant made the 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.
  • 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, organization, packaging, exposition, 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.
    introduction, making known, acquainting
    dated debut, coming out
  • 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.
  • 2A speech or talk in which a new product, idea, or piece of work is shown and explained to an audience: 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, parading
  • 3 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.
  • 4 (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.



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  • 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).


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  • 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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