adj favorably attentive; propitious.
2. present ·adj to bring an indictment against ...
3. present ·adj ready; quick in emergency; as a present wit.
4. present ·adj not delayed; immediate; instant; coincident.
5. present ·adj to present; to personate.
6. present ·adj to nominate for support at a public school or other institution ...
7. present ·adj a present tense, or the form of the verb denoting the present tense.
8. present ·noun the position of a soldier in presenting arms; as, to stand at present.
9. present ·noun anything presented or given; a gift; a donative; as, a christmas present.
10. present ·adj being at hand, within reach or call, within certain contemplated limits;
opposed to absent.
11. present ·adj hence: to endow; to bestow a gift upon; to favor, as with a donation; also, to court by gifts.
12. present ·adj present time; the time being; time in progress now, or at the moment contemplated; as, at this present.
13. present ·adj to nominate to an ecclesiastical benefice; to offer to the bishop or ordinary as a candidate for institution.
14. present ·adj to aim, point, or direct, as a weapon; as, to present a pistol or the point of a sword to the breast of another.
15. present ·adj to pass over, ·esp. in a ceremonious manner; to give in charge or possession; to deliver; to make over.
xvi. present ·adj to exhibit or offer to view or notice; to lay before one's perception or cognizance; to set forth; to present a fine appearance.
xvii. present ·vi to appear at the mouth of the uterus so as to be perceptible to the finger in vaginal examination;
said of a part of an infant during labor.
xviii. present ·adj to make a gift of; to bestow; to give, generally in a formal or ceremonious manner; to grant; to confer.
xix. present ·adj to lay before a public body, or an official, for consideration, as before a legislature, a court of judicature, a corporation, ·etc.; as, to present a memorial, petition, remonstrance, or indictment.
xx. present ·adj now existing, or in process; begun but not ended; now in view, or under consideration; being at this time; not past or future; as, the present session of congress; the present state of affairs; the present instance.
xxi. present ·adj to lay before a court as an object of inquiry; to give notice officially of, as a crime of offence; to find or represent judicially; as, a grand jury present certain offenses or nuisances, or whatever they think to be public injuries.
xxii. present ·adj to bring or introduce into the presence of some one, especially of a superior; to introduce formally; to offer for acquaintance; as, to present an envoy to the king; (with the reciprocal pronoun) to come into the presence of a superior.
xxiii. present ·adj present letters or instrument, as 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 has literas praesentes; " in this sense, rarely used in the singular.