meaning of present

1. Being at hand, within reach or call, within certain contemplated limits; -- opposed to absent.
Now existing, or in process; begun but not ended; now in view, or under consideration; being at this time; not past or future; as, the present session of Congress; the present state of affairs; the present instance.
Not delayed; immediate; instant; coincident.
Ready; quick in emergency; as a present wit.
Favorably attentive; propitious.
Present time; the time being; time in progress now, or at the moment contemplated; as, at this present.
Present letters or instrument, as a deed of conveyance, a lease, letter of attorney, or other writing; as in the phrase, " Know all men by these presents," that is, by the writing itself, " per has literas praesentes; " -- in this sense, rarely used in the singular.
A present tense, or the form of the verb denoting the present tense.
To bring or introduce into the presence of some one, especially of a superior; to introduce formally; to offer for acquaintance; as, to present an envoy to the king; (with the reciprocal pronoun) to come into the presence of a superior.
To exhibit or offer to view or notice; to lay before ones perception or cognizance; to set forth; to present a fine appearance.
To pass over, esp. in a ceremonious manner; to give in charge or possession; to deliver; to make over.
To make a gift of; to bestow; to give, generally in a formal or ceremonious manner; to grant; to confer.
Hence: To endow; to bestow a gift upon; to favor, as with a donation; also, to court by gifts.
To present; to personate.
To nominate to an ecclesiastical benefice; to offer to the bishop or ordinary as a candidate for institution.
To nominate for support at a public school or other institution .
To lay before a public body, or an official, for consideration, as before a legislature, a court of judicature, a corporation, etc. ; as, to present a memorial, petition, remonstrance, or indictment.
To lay before a court as an object of inquiry; to give notice officially of, as a crime of offence; to find or represent judicially; as, a grand jury present certain offenses or nuisances, or whatever they think to be public injuries.
To bring an indictment against .
To aim, point, or direct, as a weapon; as, to present a pistol or the point of a sword to the breast of another.
To appear at the mouth of the uterus so as to be perceptible to the finger in vaginal examination; -- said of a part of an infant during labor.
Anything presented or given; a gift; a donative; as, a Christmas present.
The position of a soldier in presenting arms; as, to stand at present.
a verb tense that expresses actions or states at the time of speaking

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