PRES'ENT, a. s as z. [L. proesens; proe and sum, esse, to be.]1. Being in a certain place; opposed to absent.2. Being before the face or near; being in company. Inquire of some of the gentlemen present. These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. John 14.3. Being now in view or under consideration. In the present instance, facts will not warrant the conclusion. The present question must be decided on different principles.4. Now existing, or being at this time; not past or future; as the present session of congress. The court is in session at the present time. We say, a present good,the present year or age.5. Ready at hand; quick in emergency; as present wit. 'Tis a high point of philosophy and virtue for a man to be present to himself.6. Favorably attentive; not heedless; propitious. Nor could I hope in any place but there To find a god so present to my prayer.7. Not absent of mind; not abstracted; attentive.
The present, an elliptical expression for the present time.
At present, elliptically for, at the present time.
Present tense, in grammar, the tense or form of a verb which expresses action or being in the present time, as I am writing; or something that exists at all times, as virtue is always to be preferred to vice; or it expresses habits or general truths, as plants spring from the earth; fishes swim; reptiles creep; birds fly; some animals subsist on herbage, others are carnivorous.
PRES'ENT, n. That which is presented or given; a gift; a donative; something given or offered to another gratuitously; a word of general application. Gen.32.
Presents' in the plural, is used in law for a deed of conveyance, a lease, letter of attorney or other writing; as in the phrase, "Know all men by these presents," that is, by the writing itself, per presentes. In this sense, it is rarely used in the singular.
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