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noun present pronunciation in American English /ˈprezənt/
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  1. 1
    [countable] something that you give to someone, for example to celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday

    Sam’s grandma brings him huge numbers of presents every time she comes to visit.

    wedding/birthday/Christmas present:

    I’m going to buy a wedding present for Chris and Karen.

    wrap a present (=cover it in special paper):

    Yuki was wrapping a present for her mother.

  2. 2

    the present

    the period of time that is happening now

    We must learn to live in the present, not in the past.

  3. 3

    the present

    linguistics the forms of a verb group indicating that an action or event happens regularly or is taking place now, or that a situation exists or is true now. For example ‘she works’ and ‘she’s working’ are both in the present.


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