1 prenominal in existence at the moment in time at which an utterance is spoken or written
2 postpositive being in a specified place, thing, etc.
the murderer is present in this room
3 prenominal now in consideration or under discussion
the present topic, the present author
4 (Grammar) denoting a tense of verbs used when the action or event described is occurring at the time of utterance or when the speaker does not wish to make any explicit temporal reference
5 Archaic readily available; instant
present help is at hand
6 Archaic mentally alert; attentive
the present the time being; now
at present at the moment; now
for the present for the time being; temporarily, (See also)
(C13: from Latin praesens, from praeesse to be in front of, from prae- before, in front + esse to be)
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