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noun American English pronunciation: present /ˈprezənt/ 
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pluralpresents
  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.

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