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adjective present pronunciation in American English /ˈprezənt/
  1. 1
    [only before noun] existing or happening now

    The present situation cannot be allowed to continue.

    In his present emotional state, he is capable of doing anything.

    The present owners purchased the farm in 1976.

    the present day (=now):

    the history of Jamestown from the 17th century to the present day

    1. a.
      being considered now

      The subjects in the present study have been replaced by younger people.

  2. 2
    [never before noun] at an event, or in a place

    I wasn't present when Dr. Allott examined Clare.

    present at:

    Among those present at the ceremony were the ambassador and his wife.

    1. a.
      existing somewhere

      The chemicals obviously kill any bacteria present.

      present in:

      Both kinds of nucleic acid are present in all cells.

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