The Collaborative International Dictionary
Present \Pres"ent\, n. [Cf. F. pr['e]sent. See Present, a.]
Present time; the time being; time in progress now, or at the moment contemplated; as, at this present.
Past and present, wound in one.
pl. (Law) 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.
(Gram.) A present tense, or the form of the verb denoting the present tense.
At present, at the present time; now.
For the present, for the tine being; temporarily.
In present, at once, without delay. [Obs.] ``With them, in present, half his kingdom; the rest to follow at his death.''
prep.phr. currently, now, at this moment in time
adv. at the present moment; "goods now on sale"; "the now-aging dictator"; "they are now abroad"; "he is busy at present writing a new novel"; "it could happen any time now" [syn: now]
Usage examples of "at present".
My head-gear may be unique, but it is at least warm and it is also the only covering I can at present bestow upon my baldness.