present - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
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
    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

    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. 10
    to give a cheque to a bank so that it can be put into your account
    1. a.
      to give someone a bill that they must pay