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Present
  • (a.) A present tense, or the form of the verb denoting the present tense.
  • (a.) Being at hand, within reach or call, within certain contemplated limits; -- opposed to absent.
  • (a.) Favorably attentive; propitious.
  • (a.) Hence: To endow; to bestow a gift upon; to favor, as with a donation; also, to court by gifts.
  • (a.) Not delayed; immediate; instant; coincident.
  • (a.) 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.
  • (a.) 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 time; the time being; time in progress now, or at the moment contemplated; as, at this present.
  • (a.) Ready; quick in emergency; as a present wit.
  • (a.) To aim, point, or direct, as a weapon; as, to present a pistol or the point of a sword to the breast of another.
  • (a.) To bring an indictment against .
  • (a.) 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.
  • (a.) To exhibit or offer to view or notice; to lay before one's perception or cognizance; to set forth; to present a fine appearance.
  • (a.) 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.
  • (a.) 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.
  • (a.) To make a gift of; to bestow; to give, generally in a formal or ceremonious manner; to grant; to confer.
  • (a.) To nominate for support at a public school or other institution .
  • (a.) To nominate to an ecclesiastical benefice; to offer to the bishop or ordinary as a candidate for institution.
  • (a.) To pass over, esp. in a ceremonious manner; to give in charge or possession; to deliver; to make over.
  • (a.) To present; to personate.
  • (n.) Anything presented or given; a gift; a donative; as, a Christmas present.
  • (n.) The position of a soldier in presenting arms; as, to stand at present.
  • (v. i.) 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.

    OPTED is a public domain English word list dictionary, based on the public domain portion of "The Project Gutenberg Etext of Webster's Unabridged Dictionary" which is in turn based on the 1913 US Webster's Unabridged Dictionary. (See Project Gutenburg.)


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