What is present?

  • (noun): A verb tense that expresses actions or states at the time of speaking.
    Synonyms: present tense
    See also — Additional definitions below

Present

The present (or now) is the time that is associated with the events perceived directly and in the first time, not as a recollection (perceived more than once) or a speculation (predicted, hypothesis, uncertain). It is a period of time between the past and the future, and can vary in meaning from being an instant to a day or longer. In radiocarbon dating, the "present" is defined as AD 1950.

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1961 In Television - Debuts
... August 19 – Four Corners, Australia's first current affairs program, premieres (1961–present) ... October – Songs of Praise debuts on BBC (1961–present) ... CTV National News premieres (1961–present) ...
Yatesbury - Present
... The Granary at Manor Farm, Yatesbury, was restored by the Wiltshire Historic Buildings Trust in 2006–2007 ... Famous former residents include singer/songwriter/author Julian Cope, who lived in the village until 2006 ...
1961 In Television - Television Shows - 1940s
... Meet the Press (1947–present) ... Candid Camera (1948–present) ... Bozo the Clown (1949–present) ...
1965 In Television - Television Shows - 1960s
... Coronation Street (UK) (1960–present) ... Four Corners (Australia) (1961–present) ... It's Academic (1961–present) Mister Ed (1961–1966) ...
FedEx - Advertising
... for that,” 2002–2003 "Relax, it’s FedEx," 2004–2008 "We Understand," 2009–present "WeLiveToDeliver" 2009–present "Brown Bailout" 2009–present "The World On Time" 2009–present ...

More definitions of "present":

  • (verb): Give as a present; make a gift of.
    Synonyms: give, gift
  • (verb): Hand over formally.
    Synonyms: submit
  • (verb): Present somebody with something, usually to accuse or criticize.
    Synonyms: confront, face
  • (noun): The period of time that is happening now; any continuous stretch of time including the moment of speech.
    Example: "That is enough for the present"; "he lives in the present with no thought of tomorrow"
    Synonyms: nowadays
  • (noun): Something presented as a gift.
    Example: "His tie was a present from his wife"
  • (verb): Represent in a painting, drawing, sculpture, or verbally.
    Synonyms: portray
  • (verb): Perform (a play), especially on a stage.
    Synonyms: stage, represent
  • (verb): Recognize with a gesture prescribed by a miltary regulation; assume a prescribed position.
    Synonyms: salute
  • (verb): Formally present a debutante, a representative of a country, etc..
  • (verb): Deliver (a speech, oration, or idea).
    Synonyms: deliver
  • (verb): Give, especially as a reward.
    Synonyms: award
  • (adj): Temporal sense; intermediate between past and future; now existing or happening or in consideration.
    Example: "The present leader"; "articles for present use"; "the present topic"; "the present system"; "present observations"
  • (adj): Spatial sense; being or existing in a specified place.
    Example: "The murderer is present in this room"; "present at the wedding"; "present at the creation"
  • (verb): Introduce.
    Synonyms: pose

Famous quotes containing the word present:

    Before anything else, we need a new age of Enlightenment. Our present political systems must relinquish their claims on truth, justice and freedom and have to replace them with the search for truth, justice, freedom and reason.
    Friedrich Dürrenmatt (1921–1990)

    Whenever a mind is simple and receives an old wisdom, old things pass away,—means, teachers, texts, temples fall; it lives now, and absorbs past and future into present hour. All things are made sacred by relation to it,—one as much as another.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    A two-week-old infant cries an average of one and a half hours every day. This increases to approximately three hours per day when the child is about six weeks old. By the time children are twelve weeks old, their daily crying has decreased dramatically and averages less than one hour. This same basic pattern of crying is present among children from a wide range of cultures throughout the world. It appears to be wired into the nervous system of our species.
    Lawrence Kutner (20th century)