(EXISTING OR HAPPENING NOW)
1 adj You use present to describe things and people that exist now, rather than those that existed in the past or those that may exist in the future.
He has brought much of the present crisis on himself..., It has been skilfully renovated by the present owners..., No statement can be made at the present time.
2 n-sing The present is the period of time that we are in now and the things that are happening now.
...his struggle to reconcile the past with the present., ...continuing right up to the present..., Then her thoughts would switch to the present.
3 adj In grammar, the present tenses of a verb are the ones that are used to talk about things that happen regularly or situations that exist at this time. The simple present tense uses the base form or the `s' form of a verb, as in `I play tennis twice a week' and `He works in a bank'.
4 A situation that exists at present exists now, although it may change.
at present phrase PHR with cl/group
There is no way at present of predicting which individuals will develop the disease..., At present children under 14 are not permitted in bars.
5 The present day is the period of history that we are in now.
the present day phrase prep PHR
...Western European art from the period of Giotto to the present day.
6 Something that exists or will be done for the present exists now or will continue for a while, although the situation may change later.
for the present phrase PHR with cl
The ministers had expressed the unanimous view that sanctions should remain in place for the present.
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