at the present time


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at present

Currently. I'm sorry, we are not accepting applications at present. Mr. Green is not in the office at present. Can I take a message?
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at the present time

Right now. I'm sorry, but we're not accepting applications at the present time. She's busy at the present time—can she call you back later?
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at the present time

 and at this point (in time)
Cliché now; at present. (Used often as a wordy replacement for now.) We don't know the location of the stolen car at the present time. The patient is doing nicely at the present time.
See also: present, time
References in classic literature ?
Even at the present time, each check of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company carries on it a picture of a pretty Cupid, sitting on a chair upon which he has placed a thick book, and gayly prattling into a telephone.
Six thousand million dollars--one- twentieth of our national wealth--is at the present time invested in electrical development.
You and your husband are not living together at the present time," he resumed.
The only point seems to be that it may bring you outside help which at the present time is being withheld.
And not only at the present time owing to some casual circumstances, but always, at all times, a decent man is bound to be a coward and a slave.
It would be difficult to conceive how different she was physically, at the present time, to the girl of a few years ago.
but I don't really know how matters stand at the present time.
Forty-eight years old, Doctor, at the present time.
Also, if I could be certain that you would leave both Homburg and the gaming-tables, and return to your own country, I would give you a thousand pounds down to start life afresh; but, I give you ten louis d'or instead of a thousand pounds for the reason that at the present time a thousand pounds and ten louis d'or will be all the same to you--you will lose the one as readily as you will the other.
But while he is stately in the cousinship of the Everybodys, he is a kind and generous man, according to his dignified way, in the cousinship of the Nobodys; and at the present time, in despite of the damp, he stays out the visit of several such cousins at Chesney Wold with the constancy of a martyr.
They are, at the present time, not only engrafted into the literature of the civilized world, but are familiar as household words in the common intercourse and daily conversation of the inhabitants of all countries.
As Edmond passed the door on the fourth floor, he paused to inquire whether Caderousse the tailor still dwelt there; but he received, for reply, that the person in question had got into difficulties, and at the present time kept a small inn on the route from Bellegarde to Beaucaire.
I think at the present time you could say it (Primera Division) is the best league in the world, I think at the moment it's overtaken the Premiership because of the quality of the players and the teams who at this present time are regularly getting to the finals of the Champions League or the Europa League.
We have had a conversation that says as far as Harry is concerned, he is very happy here and that he doesn't particularly want to consider England at the present time.
At the present time his actual "Popemobile" is on display on the grounds of the basilica in Mexico City, a gift to the Mexican people from President Vincente Fox.