On a previous page, I showed examples of how the word "present" can be used as a noun or as an adjective. Here, I’ll show the word "present" as a verb. In this case, the accent is on the second syllable:
When used as a verb, "present" means that something is given or shown.
The winner was presented with an award. (He was given an award.)
Christine will present her ideas to the board of directors.
Did Bob present his proposal at the meeting?
The little boy presented his mother with a handful of flowers.
The community theater is presenting five new plays this year, three dramas and two comedies.
Sometimes the word "present" is used when something comes into existence:
This situation presents a problem for us.
The deep snow presented a challenge for the morning commute.
New tax laws present the company with some good opportunities to save money.
The word "presentation" is a noun:
Christine is giving a presentation.
Bob has to make a presentation at the meeting.
The presentation lasted for just over an hour.
At the end of the ceremony, there was the presentation of awards.
That was a great presentation! Not only was it informative, it was also entertaining.