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As a verb, I have heard it said that residents in US hospitals "present" their cases to the attending for it to be signed off on or check upon. Anyone know if this is significant enough to add to the definition? [[user:joshuajohnlee|Josh Lee<sub>[[user_talk:joshuajohnlee|TALK]]</sub>]] 14:04, 3 May 2007 (UTC)

it is absolutely standard to say "this patient presents with such-and-such". Seems to me the intransitive sense is missing? Robert Ullmann 14:09, 3 May 2007 (UTC)

A missing legal sense?[edit]

Webster 1913 has this, of which I can't make much sense: "(legal, in the plural) 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." Equinox 04:46, 9 September 2013 (UTC)


According to J. Chr. Wells’s pronouncing dictionary, “present” as a noun in the sense of “military stance” has late stress, or, in other words, is pronounced as the verb, i. e. [pri'zent]. I therefore think that the two senses of what is now the entry “present 2” should be distinguished: I mean, there should be two different entries. Thank you. 11:19, 15 November 2017 (UTC)

And the pronunciations should be added, of course. Furthermore, in the sense of “military stance” the noun isn’t used in the plural, if I’m not mistaken. 11:23, 15 November 2017 (UTC)