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adjective     present pronunciation in American English
  1. 1
    [only before noun] existing or happening now

    The present situation cannot be allowed to continue.

    In his present emotional state, he is capable of doing anything.

    The present owners purchased the farm in 1976.

    the present day (=now):

    the history of Jamestown from the 17th century to the present day

  2. 2
    [never before noun] at an event, or in a place

    I wasn’t present when Dr. Allott examined Clare.

    present at:

    Among those present at the ceremony were the ambassador and his wife.

    1. a.
      existing somewhere

      The chemicals obviously kill any bacteria present.

      present in:

      Both kinds of nucleic acid are present in all cells.



a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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