Definition of present verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//prɪˈzent//
    ; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈzent//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they present
    BrE BrE//prɪˈzent//
    ; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈzent//
    he / she / it presents
    BrE BrE//prɪˈzents//
    ; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈzents//
    past simple presented
    BrE BrE//prɪˈzentɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈzentɪd//
    past participle presented
    BrE BrE//prɪˈzentɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈzentɪd//
    -ing form presenting
    BrE BrE//prɪˈzentɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//prɪˈzentɪŋ//
    Radio broadcasting, Producing TV shows
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  1. 1  to give something to somebody, especially formally at a ceremony present something The local MP 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. 2  to show or offer something for other people to look at or consider present something (to somebody) The committee will present its final report to Parliament 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. 3  to show or describe something/somebody in a particular way present something The company has decided it must 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. somebody with 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. radio/TV programme
  11. 6present something (British English) to appear in a radio or television programme and introduce the different items in it She used to present a gardening programme on TV. See related entries: Radio broadcasting, Producing TV shows
  12. play/broadcast
  13. 7present something to produce a show, play, broadcast, etc. for the public Compass Theatre Company presents a new production of ‘King Lear’. The string orchestra of the Music School of Lemgo will present a concert in the Guildhall.
  14. introduce somebody
  15. 8present somebody (to somebody) (formal) to introduce somebody formally, especially to somebody of higher rank or status May I present my fiancé to you?
  16. yourself
  17. 9present yourself at, for, in, etc. (formal) to officially appear somewhere You will be asked to present yourself for interview. She was ordered to present herself in court on 20 May.
  18. express something
  19. 10present something (to somebody) (formal) to offer or express something in speech or writing Please allow me to present my apologies.
  20. cheque/bill
  21. 11present something to give somebody a cheque or bill that they should pay A cheque presented by Mr Jackson was returned by the bank. The builders presented a bill for several hundred pounds.
  22. Word Originverb Middle English: from Old French presenter, from Latin praesentare ‘place before’ (in medieval Latin ‘present as a gift’), from praesent- ‘being at hand’, present participle of praeesse, from prae ‘before’ + esse ‘be’.Extra examples He presented the information to his colleagues. Hotel brochures are designed to present the most attractive aspects of the hotel. The arguments were well researched and clearly presented. The launch is to be formally presented to trade partners in early summer. The papers are only briefly presented here. The results are presented graphically in Figure 2. The results can be presented visually in the form of a graph. These two techniques are presented for illustration only. This book fails to present her story in a coherent manner. We have tried to present both sides of the debate. I aim to tell the truth, present a product fairly, and please both the advertiser and the purchaser. She used to present a gardening show on TV. The string orchestra of the Music School of Lemgo will present a concert in the Guildhall. They are going to present the new model at the trade fair. We plan to present the film uncensored and without commercial breaks.Idioms (of soldiers) to hold a rifle vertical in front of the body as a mark of respect
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