1 a doctor must be present at the ringside
in attendance, here, there, near, nearby, (close/near) at hand, available
2 organic compounds are present in the waste
in existence, existing, existent
3 the present economic climate
current, present-day, existing
[Antonyms] past future
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I'm living in the future so the present is my past.
Kanye West "Monster" ( 2010)
1 the president presented a check to the winner
hand over/out, give (out), confer, bestow, award, grant, accord
3 may I present my wife?
introduce, make known, acquaint someone with
4 I called to present my warmest compliments
offer, give, express
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present, bonus, donation, gift, gratuity, lagniappe, largesse
What's the difference between a birthday present and a Christmas gift? Both words refer to something given as an expression of friendship, affection, esteem, etc. But gift can be a more formal term, suggesting something of monetary value that is formally bestowed on an individual, group, or institution ( a gift to the university). Present, on the other hand, implies something of less value that is an expression of goodwill ( a housewarming present; a present for the teacher). Largesse is a somewhat pompous term for a very generous gift that is conferred in an ostentatious or condescending way, often on many recipients ( the king's largesse; the largesse of our government). A gratuity is associated with tipping and other forms of voluntary compensation for special attention or service above and beyond what is included in a charge ( known for her generous gratuities, the duchess enjoyed watching the waiters compete with each other to serve her), while a lagniappe is a Southern word, used chiefly in Louisiana and southeast Texas, for either a gratuity or a small gift given to a customer along with a purchase. If you give money or anything else as a gift to a philanthropic, charitable, or religious organization, it is known as a donation ( donations for the poor). But if your employer gives you money at the end of the year in addition to your regular salary, it isn't a Christmas gift; it's a Christmas bonus.