present (n.)
present time, immediate moment, matter in hand
Cor I.vi.60[Martius to Cominius] I do beseech you / ... not delay the present
Cor III.iii.42[Coriolanus to Sicinius] Shall I be charged no further than this present?
Cym IV.iii.8[Cymbeline to all, of the queen] her son gone, / So needful for this present
JC I.ii.164[Brutus to Cassius] For this present, / I would not ... / Be any further moved
WT IV.i.14[Time to audience] I ... make stale / The glistering of this present
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