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pres·ent1  audio  (prznt) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. A moment or period in time perceptible as intermediate between past and future; now.
  2. Grammar
    1. The present tense.
    2. A verb form in the present tense.
  3. presents Law The document or instrument in question: Be it known by these presents.
ADJECTIVE:
  1. Existing or happening now; current: the present leader; present trends.
    1. Being at hand or in attendance: Thirty guests were present at the ceremony.
    2. Existing in something specified: Oxygen is present in the bloodstream.
  2. Now being considered; actually here or involved: the present subject; present company excepted.
  3. Grammar Designating a verb tense or form that expresses current time.
  4. Archaic Readily available; immediate.
  5. Obsolete Alert to circumstances; attentive.

IDIOMS:
at present
At the present time; right now.
for the present
For the time being; temporarily.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin praesns, praesent- present participle of praeesse, to be present : prae-, pre- + esse, to be; see es- in Indo-European roots

OTHER FORMS:
present·ness(Noun)


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