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To submit for consideration or action. Immediate, not in the future.

Present ability refers to a person's immediate capacity to do an act. A present conveyance is made with the intention that it take effect at once.

In Commercial Paper law, to present a check means to submit it to the drawee for acceptance or payment.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

PRESENT. A gift, or wore properly the thing given. It is provided by the constitution of the United States, art. 1, s. 9, n, 7, that "no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, [the United States] shall, without the consent of congress, accept of any present, emolument, or office, or title of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state."

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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troops presented arms, the American warship in the harbor boomed out a salute and the guns of the Russian fort answered.
A guard of honour, formed by members of Aaron's regiment, presented arms as the coffin was carefully carried into the 12th Century stone church.
A guard of honour, formed by members of his regiment, the 2nd Battalion, The Rifles, presented arms as his coffin was carried into the church.
As Sir Colpoys stepped onto the reviewing stand, the fifes and drums of the brigade broke into "God Save the King" and the troops presented arms. This was followed by the final trooping of the retiring Colours, which had enjoyed a significant career.
And there was a parting blast of pageantry as the Queen's Guard presented arms and a drummer sounded the Royal Salute, as the Putins made their way to Heathrow.
Maj Gen Gordon then took the salute to signal the end of the Golden Jubilee celebrations before the crowd rose for the national anthem as the 1st Battalion of the Highlanders Regiment presented arms.
Joe said, "Very good, but when my company presented arms, you'd just hear slap, slap, jingle."