present to

present (something) to (one)

To formally or ceremoniously give or award something to one. They presented an award to him for his work in finding a cure for cancer. We'd like to present this commemorative plaque to you for all your years of hard work for the firm.
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present something to someone

 and present someone with something
to give something to someone, especially if done ceremoniously. They presented a watch to me when I retired. They presented me with a watch when I retired.
See also: present, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Santa now made a pretty speech in verse, congratulating Ozma on having a birthday, and asking every one present to drink to the health and happiness of their dearly beloved hostess.
By these pretences he obliged us to make a present to the value of about twenty pounds, with which he seemed to be pleased, and told us we had nothing to do but prepare to make our entry.
PHILIP Beckett always adds one present to his list - and despite not receiving it year after year he has not given up.
Waide, CDA, EFDA, was present to inaugurate the Week's activities.
If you really can't think of an appropriate present, consider buying gift vouchers for a department store - they may not be the most inspired present to be opened on Christmas morning, but at least the person gets the opportunity to buy something they really want.
"Christ is always present to his Church, especially in the actions of the liturgy.
For his BAM debut, he teams up with composers Amy Denio and Hahn Rowe to present To Lie Tenderly, a work that touches upon issues of intimacy as well as notions of troth, individuality and what happens when you fall in with the wrong group.
But if the story ends with the embrace of this new intimacy between a mother and daughter, present to one another as never before, it is given in the past tense, and the story ends in that tense.
And once the voiceless give voice to themselves, they too are implicated in the very problem Walker articulates: To have a voice, to be able to represent one's own, means that one has drifted just that far away, as subtle as a shift from the present to the past tense, from one's own.
In a liturgical context, it means "to make present again." Remembering the mighty deeds of God, the Hebrew people believed that his saving, liberating power was present to them.
The IRS's acquiescence has provided tax planners with little, if any, insight regarding what minimum criteria must be present to qualify remote beneficiaries as donees of present interests.
In addition to technical knowledge and capabilities in performing pension valuations, valuators must understand and be able to present to a court options for dividing a plan in accordance with a qualified domestic relations order.