American English

Definition of present verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they present
    he / she / it presents
    past simple presented
    -ing form presenting
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  1. 1to give something to someone, especially formally at a ceremony present something The mayor will start the race and present the prizes. present somebody with something On his retirement, colleagues presented him with a set of golf clubs. present something to somebody The sword was presented by the family to the museum.
  2. something to be considered
  3. 2to show or offer something for other people to look at or consider present something (to somebody) The committee will present its final report to Congress in June. present something (for something) Eight options were presented for consideration. Are you presenting a paper at the conference? He presents a convincing case. The banks will begin to present their arguments today.
  4. something in particular way
  5. 3to show or describe something or someone in a particular way present something The company decided that it needed to present a more modern image. It is essential that we present a united front (= show that we all agree). present yourself + adv./prep. You need to present yourself better. present something/somebody/yourself as something He likes to present himself as a radical politician. The press presents this as a kind of victory. The article presents these proposals as misguided.
  6. cause a problem
  7. 4to cause something to happen or be experienced present somebody with something Your request shouldn't present us with any problems. present something Use of these chemicals may present a fire risk. Irradiation presents environmental dangers.
  8. itself
  9. 5(of an opportunity, a solution, etc.) to suddenly happen or become available synonym arise present itself One major problem did present itself, though. As soon as the opportunity presented itself, she would get another job. present itself to somebody Thankfully, a solution presented itself to him surprisingly soon.
  10. play/broadcast
  11. 6present something to produce a show, play, broadcast, etc. for the public Compass Theater Company presents a new production of “King Lear.” The High School Glee Club will present a concert in the auditorium tomorrow night at 8.
  12. introduce someone
  13. 7present somebody (to somebody) (formal) to introduce someone formally, especially to someone of higher rank or status I'd like to present my fiancé to you.
  14. yourself
  15. 8present yourself at, for, in, etc. (formal) to officially appear somewhere You will be asked to present yourself for an interview. She was ordered to present herself in court on May 20.
  16. express something
  17. 9present something (to somebody) (formal) to offer or express something in speech or writing Please allow me to present my views on the subject.
  18. check/bill
  19. 10present something to give someone a check or bill that they should pay Several checks presented by the defendant were returned by the bank. The builders presented a bill for several thousand dollars.
  20. Idioms
    present arms
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    (of soldiers) to hold a rifle vertical in front of the body as a mark of respect
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: present