) KEY TRANSITIVE VERB: pre·sent·ed
- To introduce, especially with formal ceremony.
- To introduce (a young woman) to society with conventional ceremony.
- To bring before the public: present a play.
- To make a gift or award of.
- To make a gift to.
- To offer for observation, examination, or consideration; show or display. See Synonyms at offer.
- To afford or furnish: The situation presented us with a chance to improve our knowledge.
- To turn or position in the direction of another: presented his face to the camera.
- To hold, carry, or point (a weapon) in a particular manner as a salutation or sign of honor, usually along the center axis of the body.
- Ecclesiastical To recommend (a cleric) for a benefice.
- To offer to a legislature or court for consideration.
- To bring a charge or indictment against.
- pres·ent (prznt) KEY Something presented; a gift.
- pre·sent (pr-znt) KEY The position of a rifle or other weapon when presented.
Middle English presenten
, from Old French presenter
, from Latin presentre
, to show
, from praesns, praesent-
present participle of praeesse
, to be in front of
; see present1OTHER FORMS:pre·senter(Noun)