Definition of presentation in English:



  • 1mass noun The giving of something to someone, especially as part of a formal ceremony.

    ‘the presentation of certificates to new members’
    count noun ‘the Lord Lieutenant made the presentations’
    • ‘This can be dealt with by having two stages, one specifically for performances and the other for award presentation and master of ceremonies.’
    • ‘The announcement was made on Wednesday at the Grand Stand on Queen's Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain, during the formal presentation of awards.’
    • ‘All of his last day was given over to a farewell party with a buffet lunch, presentations and speeches.’
    • ‘With the speeches and presentations out of the way it was on with the dancing.’
    • ‘The ladies of the committee prepared tea and refreshments following the speeches and presentations for all those who attended.’
    • ‘On the conclusion of the speeches, a special presentation was made to Paddy Holden, who created the plaque.’
    • ‘Last week's presentation of certificates acknowledged the hard work that has been undertaken.’
    • ‘The trust held its annual Community Awards presentation when certificates and trophies were awarded by the Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire, John Bush, to a host of nominees.’
    • ‘A large crowd attended the presentation of prizes and the social evening.’
    • ‘He also made a presentation of a piece of Waterford Crystal to John.’
    • ‘The evening will include a formal dinner, awards presentation and dancing with The Marble City Showband.’
    • ‘Mrs McEvoy, 46, and her son had no idea that the presentation would take place - they thought that they were going on a holiday to meet up with their friends for the first time.’
    • ‘There was a presentation of the certificates, followed by the trip to Paris.’
    awarding, presenting, giving, handing over, dispensing, handing out, conferral, bestowal, granting, donation, award, according, extending, entrusting, furnishing
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    1. 1.1 The manner or style in which something is given, offered, or displayed.
      ‘the presentation of foods is designed to stimulate your appetite’
      • ‘He is able to forge an indigenous style of presentation and writing skill, which has earned him appreciation from prominent personalities in literary circles.’
      • ‘Panza's sensitivity to the villa's historical and natural character may also explain the specific objects he donated and the manner of their presentation.’
      • ‘The article was first published in 1903 and is highly representative of that era in style and presentation.’
      • ‘The risk, originality, and soulful presentation she displayed set the pace for every gymnast who succeeded her.’
      • ‘After the second talk we joined a class as they settled down to work on their papers, giving them advice on writing style and presentation.’
      • ‘He has gathered 42 years of culinary experience from across the world, perfecting style and elegance in presentation and superb taste.’
      • ‘All the writers I have named above as preeminent leaders in the field have chosen to emphasise the substance of their work over the style of their presentation.’
      • ‘Music challenges every listener by its ever-changing style and presentation, making it daunting for some and utterly impossible for others.’
      • ‘I would be grateful to receive from any readers, comments on the range of topics, the contents of the answers and the style and presentation of the material in the book.’
      • ‘And then there's the goofy style of presentation.’
      • ‘Since physics depends on coherent argument, this manner of presentation is clearly ill-suited to the books' purpose.’
      • ‘Obviously, there will be a change in editorial style, presentation and even philosophy, but surely making these changes is the newspaper's prerogative.’
      • ‘The detailed depiction of each sub-culture and craft and the style of presentation is so engaging that it does not matter that the big picture in the background is plainly kooky.’
      • ‘Published in 1995, the set is an older release from Reader's Digest but presents an example of a simple style of presentation that will appeal to young beginner bakers.’
      • ‘As with any book of this magnitude and diversity of authorship, there are differences in style, presentation, and depth of literature coverage.’
      • ‘John is a Spanish and Art teacher with a huge passion for Spain and a keen eye for style and presentation.’
      appearance, arrangement, organization, packaging, exposition, disposition, display, layout
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  • 2A speech or talk in which a new product, idea, or piece of work is shown and explained to an audience.

    ‘a sales presentation’
    • ‘They need work that gives them time to do the best possible job, and that doesn't call for them to do presentations of their ideas before large crowds.’
    • ‘The audience was entertained with presentations involving fish tanks, a remote controlled hovercraft, a bed of nails and beach balls.’
    • ‘The chair of the panel is Professor Jim James who will be giving a presentation explaining how they arrived at the figure of 43 per cent.’
    • ‘One of the highlights of the evening for the mostly French audience was the short presentation given, in French, by one of the English players.’
    • ‘His presentations drew large audiences and provoked lively discussion.’
    • ‘Recently, in a presentation to a large audience of mostly young researchers at a prestigious university, I outlined the crisis in peer review.’
    • ‘Here's a sample presentation that also explains what's so cool about the whole thing.’
    • ‘The Co-op donated food for the breakfast bash and gave a presentation on Fairtrade products.’
    • ‘A special presentation in class to explain what makes a single student different, delivered by his own mother… sounds like it could be a very bad thing.’
    • ‘This presentation will also explain some of the financial challenges faced by the council and the decisions that must be taken before the budget is finalised next year.’
    • ‘Lunch will be served at 2.45 pm, followed by speeches and presentations.’
    • ‘Word is that the duo wowed the audience with their presentation, answers to the questions and their national dress.’
    • ‘Powerful and successful presentations or speeches basically come down to the person doing the presenting or speaking.’
    • ‘Guest lectures, seminars, product presentations and cultural programmes will also be a part of the exhibition.’
    • ‘The students were also asked to give a presentation to an audience of teachers, friends, family and councillors on any aspect of space, which particularly interested them.’
    • ‘The Department of Business Tourism and Culture organized a set of rotating workshops to highlight its marketing plans as well as a presentation of its product development strategy.’
    • ‘Students then gave a presentation to the audience on what they learned through their enterprise experience.’
    demonstration, talk, lecture, address, speech, show, exhibition, display, introduction, launch, launching, unveiling, parading
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  • 3A formal introduction of someone, especially at court.

    ‘after her presentation to Queen Victoria, he had escorted his sister to numerous balls’
    • ‘In the life of a Victorian debutante, there were probably few experiences more exciting than her presentation to the Queen at Court.’
    • ‘Tiny ivory fans were put into tea chests and we all associate white ostrich feather with presentation at court.’
    • ‘His early photojournalism evokes the passing of a way of life, including the last court presentation at Buckingham Palace in 1958.’
    introduction, making known, acquainting
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    1. 3.1historical The action or right of formally proposing a candidate for a Church benefice or other position.
      ‘the Earl of Pembroke offered Herbert the presentation of the living of Bremerton’
      • ‘Parents Rosemary and Theresa performed presentation of the candidates for Confirmation.’
  • 4Medicine
    The position of a fetus in relation to the cervix at the time of delivery.

    ‘a breech presentation’
    • ‘Posterior presentation is more of a problem for first babies and their mothers than it is for subsequent births; when a mother has given birth before, there is generally much more room for manoeuvre, so it is easier for the baby to rotate during labour.’
    • ‘The fetal presentation, position and station are then confirmed.’
    • ‘The registers we used lacked information on the presentation of the second twin before delivery of the first.’
  • 5Medicine
    mass noun The coming forward of a patient for initial examination and diagnosis.

    ‘all patients in this group were symptomatic at initial presentation’
    • ‘Scabies is diagnosed based on the patient's clinical presentation, including history and physical findings.’
    • ‘However, these methods required an extended interval to obtain the diagnosis and were not helpful at the time of initial presentation.’
    • ‘Symptoms vary in their presentation, often making diagnosis difficult.’
    • ‘At initial presentation both partners should have a history taken and be examined.’
    • ‘The results of one chest x-ray examination performed a year after initial presentation were normal.’
    • ‘With experience, the disorder may be diagnosed with confidence on initial presentation or after a period of observation and minimal diagnostic testing.’
    • ‘There also may be inconsistencies in the patient's presentation, history, and physical examination.’
    • ‘Routine biopsy is not needed to confirm the diagnosis but may be needed in patients whose presentation is atypical.’
    • ‘The patient died 7 months after her initial presentation.’
    • ‘An earlier study in the west of Scotland found no association between the duration of symptoms and the stage at presentation of 146 patients with cervical cancer.’
    1. 5.1 The manner in which a disease initially manifests itself.
      ‘depression frequently forms part of the clinical presentation of dementia’
  • 6

    another term for Candlemas
    • ‘Christmas was soon complemented by the feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, forty days after his birth.’
    • ‘In the Church of England, the Presentation of Christ in the Temple is a Principal Feast celebrated either on 2 February or on the Sunday between 28 January and 3 February.’
    • ‘This is because it commemorates the Presentation of Christ by His Mother in the Temple at Jerusalem exactly forty days after His Birth.’


Late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin praesentatio(n-), from Latin praesentare ‘place before’ (see present).