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Dictionary Definition



1 the activity of formally presenting something (as a prize or reward); "she gave the trophy but he made the presentation"
2 the act of making something publicly available; presenting news or other information by broadcasting or printing it; "he prepared his presentation carefully in advance"
3 a show or display; the act of presenting something to sight or view; "the presentation of new data"; "he gave the customer a demonstration" [syn: presentment, demonstration]
4 the act of presenting a proposal
5 a visual representation of something [syn: display]
6 formally making a person known to another or to the public [syn: introduction, intro]
7 (obstetrics) position of the fetus in the uterus relative to the birth canal; "Cesarean sections are sometimes the result of abnormal presentations"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • IPA /'prεsεnteʃɒn/
  • WEAE /'prisεnteʃɒn/


From presentation (French présentation), from praesentationem (accusative of praesentatio).


  1. The act of presenting, or something presented
  2. A dramatic performance
  3. An award given to someone on a special occasion
  4. A lecture or speech given in front of an audience
  5. The position of the foetus in the uterus at birth
  6. Offering one's blade for engagement by the opponent


presenting to an audience

Extensive Definition

Presentation is the process of showing and explaining the content of a topic to an audience. A presentation program, such as Impress, Apple Keynote or Microsoft PowerPoint, is often used to generate the presentation content.

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presentation in Arabic: عرض تقديمي
presentation in Spanish: Presentación
presentation in Korean: 프레젠테이션
presentation in Indonesian: Presentasi
presentation in Hebrew: פרזנטציה
presentation in Dutch: Presentatie (voordracht)
presentation in Japanese: プレゼンテーション
presentation in Polish: Prezentacja
presentation in Russian: Презентация (способ представления информации)
presentation in Chinese: 簡報

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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