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At present

Present \Pres"ent\, n. [Cf. F. pr['e]sent. See Present, a.]

  1. Present time; the time being; time in progress now, or at the moment contemplated; as, at this present.

    Past and present, wound in one.

  2. 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.

  3. (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.''

at present

prep.phr. currently, now, at this moment in time

at present

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.