(=current) actuel (le)
the present situation la situation actuelle
→ The present system has many failings.
→ the government's present economic difficulties
→ He has brought much of the present crisis on himself.
→ The house has been skilfully renovated by the present owners.
→ the present political climate
in the present day aujourd'hui
→ humour and beauty unequalled in the present day.
to the present day jusqu'à aujourd'hui
→ Western European art from the period of Giotto to the present day
of the present day d'aujourd'hui
→ monastic music of the present day
for the present day pour aujourd'hui
→ forms of worship for the present day
(=in attendance) présent (e)
The whole family was present. Toute la famille était présente.
There was a photographer present. Un photographe était présent.
→ Some two hundred people were present to witness the event.
to be present at être présent à
Nearly 85% of men are present at the birth of their children. Presque 85% des hommes sont présents à la naissance de leur enfant.
He wasn't present at the meeting. Il n'était pas présent à la réunion.
→ He had been present at the dance.
→ The president was not present at the meeting.
those present les présents
→ Will all those present who were not here last week please raise their hands.
(=in existence) présent (e)
to be present in sth être présent dans qch
this form of vitamin D is naturally present in breast milk cette forme de vitamine D est naturellement présente dans le lait maternel
→ The bacterium is naturally present in large numbers in the intestine.
→ One theory is that the infection has been present in humans for a very long time.
(=gift) cadeau m
I'm going to buy a present for my nephew. Je vais acheter un cadeau pour mon neveu.
→ This book would make a great Christmas present.
→ The painting was a wedding present from the Prime Minister.
→ Don't forget to get a present for your mother's birthday.
to give sb a present offrir un cadeau à qn
→ Just look at the present he's given me!
(=present time) présent m
→ We have to come to terms with the present.
→ his struggle to reconcile the past with the present
to live in the present vivre dans le présent
→ They should try to live in the present a bit more instead of always dwelling on the past.
at present en ce moment
→ I don't want to get married at present.
→ There is no way at present of predicting which individuals will develop the disease.
→ At present children under 14 are not permitted in bars.
up to the present jusqu'à présent
for the present pour l'instant
there's no time like the present! pourquoi attendre?
→ No time like the present, I thought, despite the late hour.
→ If you give yourself time to tune in to the Cuban way of life, the island is a treasure chest packed with jewels. And there is no time like the present to visit
[+prizes, awards] présenter
→ Prince Michael of Kent presented the prizes.
→ The Awards were presented by Sir Robin Day.
to present sb with sth [+award, medal] présenter qch à qn
→ The mayor presented him with a gold medal at an official city reception.
[+gift] offrir qch à qn
We were presented with a fait accompli. Nous nous trouvions en face d'un fait accompli.
to present sth to sb [+prize, award] présenter qch à qn
→ The president then presented a cheque for £1000 to the winner.
[+document, plan, proposal] présenter
You will have to present your findings to the board. Vous devrez présenter vos résultats au conseil.
→ We presented three options to the unions for discussion.
[+essay, information] présenter
Information can be presented in many ways. L'information peut être présentée de nombreuses manières.
→ we presented the information in a variety of chart forms
[+difficulty, problem, threat, challenge] présenter
→ This presents something of a problem.
→ The new laws on tax present a threat for small businesses.
→ The future will present many challenges.
→ Public policy on the family presents liberals with a dilemma.
→ This summer school presents an opportunity to experience all aspects of dance.
to present itself se présenter
if the opportunity presents itself si l'occasion se présente
→ Was he going to do it again if the opportunity presented itself?
→ If the opportunity presents itself, I'll definitely speak to him today.
→ Their colleagues insulted them whenever the opportunity presented itself.
[+person, event, image] présenter
Her lawyer wanted to present her in the most favourable light. Son avocat voulait la présenter sous le jour le plus favorable.
to present sth as sth présenter qch comme qch
The government has presented these changes as major reforms. Le gouvernement a présenté ces changements comme des réformes majeures.
→ It was really only speculation presented as fact.
to present o.s. as sth se présenter comme qch
→ The British like to present themselves as a nation of dog-lovers.
→ May I present Mr Rudolph Wallace?
→ I'd like to present our guest speaker, Janice Wilkinson.
to present sb to sb présenter qn à qn
→ He was presented to the Queen at a reception at Buckingham Palace.
[+TV programme, radio programme] présenter
→ "University Link", compiled and presented by Dr Brian Smith
→ She presents a monthly arts programme on the BBC.
[+show, play, new production] présenter
→ Scottish Opera presents a startling new production of the operatic drama The Turn of the Screw
to present o.s. (in court, for interview, at police station)
→ she was told to present herself at the Town Hall at 11.30 for the induction ceremony
(MILITARY) to present arms présenter les armes Present arms! Présentez armes!
n cadeau m d'anniversaire
→ I'm going to open my birthday presents later.
n cadeau m de Noël
n cadeau m de départ
adj actuel (le)
→ Even by present-day standards these were large aircraft.
→ a huge area of northern India, stretching from present-day Afghanistan to Bengal
→ present-day champions of the cause
→ environments similar to present-day conditions may have existed about 600 million years ago.
n participe m présent
n passé m composé
n présent m
the present tense le présent
n cadeau m de mariage