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noun present pronunciation in British English /ˈprez(ə)nt/
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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.
    wrap a present (=cover it in special paper): Yuki was wrapping a present for her mother.
    wedding/birthday/Christmas present: I’m going to buy a wedding present for Chris and Karen.
  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 present tense



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