Adjective "present" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


In a particular place.
  1. 'the speech caused embarrassment to all those present'
  2. 'However they were present in large numbers and settled for a short procession inside the church.'
  3. 'He was present, and ready to commence the procedure immediately.'
  4. 'Friends were present and they called for help - paramedics and firefighters from the Aston station attended.'
  5. 'People came from far and near to be present for this special ceremony in a church that was rebuilt in 1821.'
  6. 'Michael's parents, David and Marie, were present to thank everyone for their generosity.'
  7. 'I recently attended a reception in London at which the Queen was present.'
  8. 'He said Mr Pepper had attended a funeral at which Frank and Thomas Murphy were present.'
  9. 'All ten of us were present and accounted for as we went down into the subway station for our next ride.'
  10. 'The next step is to remove any loose or flaking paint that may be present near the joint by scraping or sanding.'
  11. 'In almost all the comets examined, the spots were present only in the head of the comet.'
  12. 'In advanced cases, walking without support becomes impossible and pain may be present even during rest.'
  13. 'Today we read of three different ways that God is present and available to God's people.'
Existing or occurring now.
  1. 'Outside, the present crop is fattening up and indoors, the remains of last year's produce should see us through.'
  2. 'The present situation is intolerable both for the residents and for the Travellers.'
  3. 'We are all fed up of the present situation, so let's work together on creative solutions and get our lives back.'
  4. 'A tram link between Interchange and Forster Square stations would be slightly better than the present situation.'
  5. 'The present situation is such that harmful chemicals are added for preservation.'
  6. 'Even tourists who make an occasional visit recognise the stupidity of the present situation.'
  7. 'Given the present situation, it seems that no long or short term planning was ever done to meet the growing power demand.'
  8. 'You have said that a unified movement of the peoples of the South is a prerequisite for change in the present situation.'
  9. 'At the present time, none of these questions can be answered with any degree of certainty.'
  10. 'The present crime situation should serve as a spring-board to unite people of all walks of life.'
  11. 'More importantly for present purposes, however, it succeeded also under Article 13.'
  12. 'But in his present situation, his dwindling resources could not feed even one mouth.'
  13. 'Could you further discuss what you mean and the present dangers language is facing?'
  14. 'Independence doesn't necessarily mean isolation, which would be suicidal in the present world situation.'
  15. 'the present article cannot answer every question'
  16. 'The present volume aims to provide an answer to this fundamental question.'
  17. 'The present discussion is concerned only with the universal human rights system.'
  18. 'But in the present discussion this is not the true comparison at all.'
  19. 'In the event, for present purposes, there is a short answer to Mr. Swainston's point.'
  20. 'The present answer to that question is that a company's mind is the mind of its senior officers.'
  21. 'I won't go on too much about the root cause of my present worry but I feel that a big part of it has to do with my current living situation.'
  22. 'He was of course discussing the present draft guidelines for the conservation of wild Atlantic salmon.'
  23. 'The present application will be discussed by the planning committee next Tuesday.'
  24. 'Some of the major findings of the present study are highlighted and discussed below.'
  25. 'The present article describes the procedure used to share the role of researcher/author.'
  26. 'Pashto has a rich agreement mechanism, but one that is manifested differently in the present and past tenses.'
  27. 'It should be clear that an apology has to be in the first person, and in the present tense.'


The period of time now occurring.
  1. 'The story moves between the present, the past and perhaps a little bit of an uncertain future.'
  2. 'If this is to be the future I have condemned myself to, then let my present be a little more noticeable.'
  3. 'It made you realize that you simply had no control or power over your present or future.'
  4. 'The present is always more important than the future because we know little about the future and a fair amount about what is happening now.'
  5. 'The play is set in the present and covers a period of around one month in Spring.'
  6. 'In other words, we can use the present to try to explain the past, and the past to explain the present.'
  7. 'These books, by predicting the future, have the ability to take you out of the present for a few moments.'
  8. 'The past that historians portray must be one out of which the present can plausibly have grown.'
  9. 'We have all kinds of ways of imagining the future that distract us from actually living in the present.'
  10. 'There is even talk of a book on women's cricket detailing its beginnings, its present and its future.'
A present tense.
  1. 'Headlines are written in the present: Bus kills man.'


1. being, existing, or occurring at this time or now; current: increasing respect for the present ruler of the small country.

2. at this time; at hand; immediate: articles for present use.

3. Grammar. noting an action or state occurring at the moment of speaking or writing: Knows is a present form in He knows that. noting or pertaining to a tense or other verb formation with such meaning.

4. being with one or others or in the specified or understood place: to be present at t

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be present at meetings."

"people can be present in places."

"people can be present in courts."

"places can be present as observers."

"people can be present at conferences."

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(present)Middle English: via Old French from Latin praesent- ‘being at hand’, present participle of praeesse, from prae ‘before’ + esse ‘be’.


all present and correct
at present
for the present
(there is) no time like the present
present company excepted
these presents