Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

present - definition and synonyms

 
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
verb [transitive] present pronunciation in British English /prɪˈzent/
Word Forms
Close
present tense
I/you/we/theypresent
he/she/itpresents
present participlepresenting
past tensepresented
past participlepresented
  1. 1
    to give something to someone formally or officially
    Hannah was the guest of honour and presented the prizes.
    present someone with something: We are very pleased to have been presented with this prestigious award.
    present something to someone: Finally the mayor presented the medals to the winners.
  2. 2
    to cause something such as a problem, threat, or opportunity
    It was argued that the group’s activities presented a threat to national security.
    present someone with something: Despite its free-market reforms, the country still presents foreign investors with a challenge.
    present a problem/difficulty: The task should present no difficulty for someone of her experience.
  3. 3
    to offer something for people to consider or judge
    The commission presented its report in October.
    present something to someone: Barnes subsequently presented the case to a meeting of the Education Committee.
  4. 4
    to show someone or something in a particular way so that people have a particular opinion about them
    The film presents a disturbing image of youth culture.
    Despite the disagreements, they managed to present a united front.
    present someone/something as something: Statistics can be used to challenge theories that are presented as facts.
    present yourself as something: In the run-up to the elections he sought to present himself as a family man.
  5. 5
    British to be the person who introduces a television or radio programme
    The show will be presented by Trevor McDonald.
  6. 6
    to produce or organize something such as a play, film, or exhibition
    Next week the Royal National Theatre presents Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen.
  7. 7
    to introduce someone formally to someone else, especially to an important person
    Miss Abbott, may I present my nephew George Langley?
    present someone to someone: They hovered around, hoping to be presented to the Queen.
  8. 8
    to show something such as a passport to someone in an official position so that they can check it
    The soldiers stopped them and said they must present their papers.
    present something to someone: He presented his passport to the guard for inspection.
  9. 9
    formal to express something such as greetings to someone
    He has asked me to present his apologies for his absence.
  10. 11
    medical if a patient presents with particular signs of an illness, they have those signs
    Children presenting with respiratory infections were given chest x-rays.

JOMO

… a feeling of pleasure you get from spending time doing what you want and not worrying about what other people are doing or saying

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

animated

lively or active

Open Dictionary

brain fade

a temporary inability to think clearly or remember information

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog