present  ( presents 3rd person present) ( presenting present participle) ( presented past tense & past participle ) (VERB USES)
1 verb If you present someone with something such as a prize or document, or if you present it to them, you formally give it to them.
The mayor presented him with a gold medal at an official city reception... V n with n
Prince Michael of Kent presented the prizes... V n
The group intended to present this petition to the parliament. V n to n
presentation n-uncount usu N of n
Then came the presentation of the awards by the Queen Mother.
2 verb If something presents a difficulty, challenge, or opportunity, it causes it or provides it.
This presents a problem for many financial consumers... V n
Public policy on the family presents liberals with a dilemma. V n with n
3 verb If an opportunity or problem presentsitself, it occurs, often when you do not expect it.
Their colleagues insulted them whenever the opportunity presented itself... V pron-refl
4 verb When you present information, you give it to people in a formal way.
We spend the time collating and presenting the information in a variety of chart forms... V n
We presented three options to the unions for discussion... V n to n
In effect, Parsons presents us with a beguilingly simple outline of social evolution. V n with n
presentation ( presentations plural) n-var oft N of n
...a fair presentation of the facts to a jury...
5 verb If you present someone or something in a particular way, you describe them in that way.
The government has presented these changes as major reforms... V n as n
In Europe, Aga Khan III presented himself in a completely different light. V n in n
6 verb The way you present yourself is the way you speak and act when meeting new people.
...all those tricks which would help him to present himself in a more confident way in public. V pron-refl prep/adv
7 verb If someone or something presents a particular appearance or image, that is how they appear or try to appear.
The small group of onlookers presented a pathetic sight... V n
In presenting a more professional image the party risks losing its individuality. V n
...presenting a calm and dignified face to the world at large. V n to n
8 verb If you present yourself somewhere, you officially arrive there, for example for an appointment.
She was told to present herself at the Town Hall at 11.30 for the induction ceremony... V pron-refl prep/adv
9 verb If someone presents a programme on television or radio, they introduce each item in it.
She presents a monthly magazine programme on the BBC. V n
in AM, usually use host, introduce
10 verb When someone presents something such as a production of a play or an exhibition, they organize it.
The Lyric Theatre is presenting a new production of `Over the Bridge'. V n
11 verb If you present someone to someone else, often an important person, you formally introduce them.
Fox stepped forward, welcomed him in Malay, and presented him to Jack... V n to n
Allow me to present my wife's cousin, Mr Zachary Colenso. V n
presentation ( presentations plural )
1 n-uncount Presentation is the appearance of something, which someone has worked to create.
We serve traditional French food cooked in a lighter way, keeping the presentation simple..., Check the presentation. Get it properly laid out with a title page.
2 n-count A presentation is a formal event at which someone is given a prize or award.
He received his award at a presentation in London yesterday.
3 n-count When someone gives a presentation, they give a formal talk, often in order to sell something or get support for a proposal.
James Watson, Philip Mayo and I gave a slide and video presentation...