A moment or period in time perceptible as intermediate between past and future; now. Grammar The present tense. Grammar A verb form in the present tense. Law The document or instrument in question: Be it known by these presents. Existing or happening now; current: the present leader; present trends. Being at hand or in attendance: Thirty guests were present at the ceremony. Existing in something specified: Oxygen is present in the bloodstream. Now being considered; actually here or involved: the present subject; present company excepted. Grammar Designating a verb tense or form that expresses current time. Archaic Readily available; immediate. Obsolete Alert to circumstances; attentive. at present At the present time; right now. for the present For the time being; temporarily. To introduce, especially with formal ceremony. To introduce (a young woman) to society with conventional ceremony. To bring before the public: present a play. To make a gift or award of. To make a gift to. To offer for observation, examination, or consideration; show or display. See Synonyms at offer. To afford or furnish: The situation presented us with a chance to improve our knowledge. To turn or position in the direction of another: presented his face to the camera. To attach (an antigen, for example) on the surface of a molecule for detection by other molecules. To hold, carry, or point (a weapon) in a particular manner as a salutation or sign of honor, usually along the center axis of the body. Ecclesiastical To recommend (a cleric) for a benefice. Law To offer to a legislature or court for consideration.