|Origin:||Latin praesens, present participle of praeesse 'to be before'|
pres‧ent1 S2 W2
in a particular place [≠ absent]
place[not before noun]
Foreign observers were present at the elections.
the gases present in the earth's atmosphere
to be felt strongly or remembered for a long time
memory[not before noun]
The memory of her brother's death is still present in her mind.
happening or existing now:
time[only before noun]
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 also the present
in the time now, or modern times:
The practice has continued from medieval times to the present day.
5 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 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
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.