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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pres·ent, n.
 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.   --Tennyson.
 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.” --Milton.