At once; immediately; presently.

Being or abiding, as a person, in this or any specified place; being in view or immediately at hand: opposed to absent.

Present in this sense is often used in addressing a letter which is to be delivered to some one either actually present, or near at hand, as in the same neighborhood or town.

Now existing; being at this time; not past or future: as, the present session of Congress.

Being now in mind, Under consideration.

Actually in consciousness.

Prompt or ready at need.


Present time; time now passing.


Present business; an affair in hand.


The money or other property a person has on hand.