1 current, contemporary, present-day, existing, existent, up to date, Colloq now:
Do you understand the present generation?
2 nearby, nearest, immediate, closest, adjacent, proximate, propinquitous; close, remaining; accounted for:
Everybody has been awful to me - present company excepted. All those present heard what she said to me.
3 at present. (right or just) now, for the time being, for the present, today, these days, Non-Standard presently, Colloq at this point in time:
I am not ready to invest at present.
4 the present. the time being, the moment, the hour, the nonce, this juncture, these days, our times; today, (right) now, nowadays; Colloq this point in time:
She lives for the present, and never thinks of the consequences.
May I open my birthday presents now?
2 donation, offering, bounty, grant, largesse, contribution, endowment:
I'll make you a present of the painting if you like it.
3 tip, gratuity, pourboire, baksheesh or backsheesh, bonus; alms, hand-out, dole, aid, allowance:
She gave the maître d'hôtel a present for looking after us so well.
4 introduce, acquaint with, make known:
I'd like to present my wife, Cordelia, who has been looking forward to meeting you
5 offer, give, stage, show, exhibit, put on (show), mount, produce:
The local players will present a new production of Blithe Spirit tonight.
6 give (out), award, confer (on), bestow (on), turn or hand over, grant, provide, furnish; dispense, distribute, dole out, pass out, deal out, mete out:
They presented her with a prize for the best poem. Is it tonight that they present the awards?
7 offer, bring (in or up), proffer, tender, introduce, produce, submit, set or put forth, put forward, adduce; register, file, record:
The lawyer for the defence presented evidence of his client's alibi
8 introduce, announce, Brit compère, Colloq emcee:
And here, to present our show, is the inimitable Reginald Norton!