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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin praesens, present participle of praeesse 'to be before'

present

1 adjective
     
pres‧ent1 S2 W2
1

place

[not before noun] in a particular place [≠ absent]
present at/in
Foreign observers were present at the elections.
the gases present in the earth's atmosphere
2

memory

[not before noun] to be felt strongly or remembered for a long time
present in
The memory of her brother's death is still present in her mind.
3

time

[only before noun] happening or existing now:
the present situation of the millions of people who are suffering poverty and disease
At the present time we have no explanation for this.
4

the present day

also the present in the time now, or modern times:
The practice has continued from medieval times to the present day.
5

the present

also the present tense technicalSLG the form of the verb that shows an existing state or action:
the present tense of the verb 'to be'
6

all present and correct

British English, all present and accounted for American English used to say that everyone who is supposed to be in a place, at a meeting etc is now here
7

present company excepted

spoken used when you are criticizing a group of people and you want to tell the people you are with that they are not included in the criticism:
Women are never satisfied with anything! Present company excepted, of course.

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