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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Present \Pres"ent\, a. [F. pr['e]sent, L. praesens,-entis, that
     is before one, in sight or at hand, p. p. of praeesse to be
     before; prae before + esse to be. See Essence.]
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     1. Being at hand, within reach or call, within certain
        contemplated limits; -- opposed to absent.
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              These things have I spoken unto you, being yet
              present with you.                     --John xiv.
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     2. 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.
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              I'll bring thee to the present business --Shak.
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     3. Not delayed; immediate; instant; coincident. "A present
        recompense." "A present pardon." --Shak.
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              An ambassador . . . desires a present audience.
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     4. Ready; quick in emergency; as a present wit. [R.]
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     5. Favorably attentive; propitious. [Archaic]
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              To find a god so present to my prayer. --Dryden.
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     Present tense (Gram.), the tense or form of a verb which
        expresses action or being in the present time; as, I am
        writing, I write, or I do write.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Present \Pre*sent"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Presented; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Presenting.] [F. pr['e]senter, L. praesentare, fr.
     praesens, a. See Present, a.]
     1. 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.
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              Now there was a day when the sons of God came to
              present themselves before the lord.   --Job i. 6
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     2. To exhibit or offer to view or notice; to lay before one's
        perception or cognizance; to set forth; to present a fine
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              Lectorides's memory is ever . . . presenting him
              with the thoughts of other persons.   --I. Watts.
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     3. To pass over, esp. in a ceremonious manner; to give in
        charge or possession; to deliver; to make over.
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              So ladies in romance assist their knight,
              Present the spear, and arm him for the fight.
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     4. To make a gift of; to bestow; to give, generally in a
        formal or ceremonious manner; to grant; to confer.
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              My last, least offering, I present thee now.
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     5. Hence: To endow; to bestow a gift upon; to favor, as with
        a donation; also, to court by gifts.
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              Octavia presented the poet for him admirable elegy
              on her son Marcellus.                 --Dryden.
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     6. To present; to personate. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     7. In specific uses;
        (a) To nominate to an ecclesiastical benefice; to offer to
            the bishop or ordinary as a candidate for institution.
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                  The patron of a church may present his clerk to
                  a parsonage or vicarage; that is, may offer him
                  to the bishop of the diocese to be instituted.
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        (b) To nominate for support at a public school or other
            institution . --Lamb.
        (c) 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.
        (d) 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.
        (e) To bring an indictment against . [U.S]
        (f) To aim, point, or direct, as a weapon; as, to present
            a pistol or the point of a sword to the breast of
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     Pesent arms (Mil.), the command in response to which the
        gun is carried perpendicularly in front of the center of
        the body, and held there with the left hand grasping it at
        the lower band, and the right hand grasping the small of
        the stock, in token of respect, as in saluting a superior
        officer; also, the position taken at such a command.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Present \Pres"ent\, n. [Cf. F. pr['e]sent. See Present, a.]
     1. Present time; the time being; time in progress now, or at
        the moment contemplated; as, at this present.
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              Past and present, wound in one.       --Tennyson.
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     2. pl. (Law) 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.
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     3. (Gram.) A present tense, or the form of the verb denoting
        the present tense.
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     At present, at the present time; now.
     For the present, for the tine being; temporarily.
     In present, at once, without delay. [Obs.] "With them, in
        present, half his kingdom; the rest to follow at his
        death." --Milton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Present \Pre*sent"\, n. (Mil.)
     The position of a soldier in presenting arms; as, to stand at
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Present \Pre*sent"\, v. i. (Med.)
     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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Present \Pres"ent\, n. [F. pr['e]sent .]
     Anything presented or given; a gift; a donative; as, a
     Christmas present.
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     Syn: Gift; donation; donative; benefaction. See Gift.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: temporal sense; intermediate between past and future; now
             existing or happening or in consideration; "the present
             leader"; "articles for present use"; "the present topic";
             "the present system"; "present observations" [ant:
             future, past]
      2: being or existing in a specified place; "the murderer is
         present in this room"; "present at the wedding"; "present at
         the creation" [ant: absent]
      n 1: the period of time that is happening now; any continuous
           stretch of time including the moment of speech; "that is
           enough for the present"; "he lives in the present with no
           thought of tomorrow" [syn: present, nowadays]
      2: something presented as a gift; "his tie was a present from
         his wife"
      3: a verb tense that expresses actions or states at the time of
         speaking [syn: present, present tense]
      v 1: give an exhibition of to an interested audience; "She shows
           her dogs frequently"; "We will demo the new software in
           Washington" [syn: show, demo, exhibit, present,
      2: bring forward and present to the mind; "We presented the
         arguments to him"; "We cannot represent this knowledge to our
         formal reason" [syn: present, represent, lay out]
      3: perform (a play), especially on a stage; "we are going to
         stage `Othello'" [syn: stage, present, represent]
      4: hand over formally [syn: present, submit]
      5: introduce; "This poses an interesting question" [syn:
         present, pose]
      6: give, especially as an honor or reward; "bestow honors and
         prizes at graduation" [syn: award, present]
      7: give as a present; make a gift of; "What will you give her
         for her birthday?" [syn: give, gift, present]
      8: deliver (a speech, oration, or idea); "The commencement
         speaker presented a forceful speech that impressed the
         students" [syn: deliver, present]
      9: cause to come to know personally; "permit me to acquaint you
         with my son"; "introduce the new neighbors to the community"
         [syn: introduce, present, acquaint]
      10: represent abstractly, for example in a painting, drawing, or
          sculpture; "The father is portrayed as a good-looking man in
          this painting" [syn: portray, present]
      11: present somebody with something, usually to accuse or
          criticize; "We confronted him with the evidence"; "He was
          faced with all the evidence and could no longer deny his
          actions"; "An enormous dilemma faces us" [syn: confront,
          face, present]
      12: formally present a debutante, a representative of a country,
      13: recognize with a gesture prescribed by a military
          regulation; assume a prescribed position; "When the officers
          show up, the soldiers have to salute" [syn: salute,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  407 Moby Thesaurus words for "present":
     Christmas present, accessible, accommodate, accord, acquaint,
     actual, adduce, adjacent, administer, advance, affect, afford,
     affront, aid, aim, aim at, allege, allot, allow, allowance, alms,
     announce, aorist, array, articulate, as is, at hand, at present,
     attendant, available, award, baksheesh, be a gas, be a hit, being,
     bend, benevolence, bestow, bestow on, betoken, bill,
     birthday present, bomb, bonus, boon, bounty, box, brandish, brave,
     breast, breathe, bring before, bring forth, bring forward,
     bring in, bring into view, bring on, bring out, bring to bear,
     bring to notice, bring up, cadeau, challenge, chime, chorus,
     chronology, close, closest, clothe, come out with, communicate,
     compliment, conceive, confer, confront, confront with,
     contemporaneous, contemporary, continuity, contribute,
     contribution, convey, couch, couch in terms, current, dangle, dare,
     deal, deal out, defy, deliver, demonstrate, deploy, determine,
     develop, devote, direct, directionize, disclose, dish out,
     dispense, display, distribute, divulge, do the honors, dole,
     dole out, donate, donation, dramatize, duration, durative, duree,
     embody, embody in words, emcee, emit, enact, encounter, endow,
     endowment, enunciate, envisage, evidence, evince, exhibit,
     existent, existing, expose to view, express, extant, extend, face,
     face with, fail, fairing, favor, feature, file, fill, fill up,
     find, fix, fix on, flaunt, fling off, flop, flourish, fork out,
     formularize, formulate, frame, freeload, fresh, front, fund,
     furnish, future, future perfect, gift, gift with, give,
     give a knockdown, give an introduction, give away, give expression,
     give expression to, give freely, give out, give out with,
     give sign, give token, give tongue, give utterance, give voice,
     give words to, grant, gratuity, hand, hand out, hand over,
     hand-out, handsel, headline, heap, help to, here and now,
     highlight, historical present, hold forth, hold on, hold out,
     illuminate, immanent, immediate, impart, imperfect, in being,
     in effect, in existence, in force, in view, incarnate, indicate,
     indwelling, inherent, instant, introduce, invest, issue, just now,
     keep, largess, largesse, lastingness, latest, lavish, lay before,
     let have, let out, level at, lip, living, maintain, make a hit,
     make acquainted, make available, make clear, make known,
     make plain, make provision for, manifest, marshal, materialize,
     mean, meet, meet squarely, melodramatize, mete, mete out, modern,
     mount, nearby, nearest, new, newfashioned, now, nowadays, oblation,
     offer, offering, on board, on deck, on foot, on hand, open,
     open a show, our times, out with, parade, paragraph, pass out,
     past, past perfect, peace offering, perfect, perform, period,
     phonate, phrase, place before, plead, pluperfect, point, point at,
     point tense, point to, pour, pour forth, pourboire, prefer,
     premiere, prepare, present perfect, present to, present-age,
     present-day, present-time, presentation, presently, preterit,
     prevalent, preview, produce, proffer, progressive tense, pronounce,
     provide, provide for, proximate, psychological time, put,
     put forth, put forward, put in words, put it to, put on,
     put to choice, put to vote, put up, quaint, rain, raise, rally,
     record, recruit, register, remaining, render, replenish, represent,
     reveal, rhetorize, right now, roll out, running, say, scenarize,
     serve, set, set before, set forth, set out, set the stage,
     shell out, show, show forth, shower, sight on, slip, snow, sound,
     space, space-time, sponge, spotlight, stage, star, state, stem,
     stock, store, style, submit, subsidize, subsistent, subsisting,
     succeed, supply, support, tell, tender, tense, term, that be,
     that is, the future, the nonce, the past, the present,
     the time being, theatricalize, these days, throw off, tide, time,
     timebinding, tip, today, token, topical, train, train upon,
     tribute, trot out, try out, turn, turn over, turn upon,
     under the sun, unfold, up-to-date, up-to-the-minute, utter,
     verbalize, vocalize, voice, vouchsafe, wave, while, whisper,
     white elephant, within call, within reach, within sight, word,

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  PRESENT. A gift, or wore properly the thing given. It is provided by the 
  constitution of the United States, art. 1, s. 9, n, 7, that "no person 
  holding any office of profit or trust under them, [the United States] shall, 
  without the consent of congress, accept of any present, emolument, or 
  office, or title of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign 

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  PRESENT, n.  That part of eternity dividing the domain of
  disappointment from the realm of hope.

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