Meaning of present perfect

pres'ent per'fect

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  1. (in English) the tense form consisting of the present tense of have with a past participle and noting that the action of the verb was completed prior to the present, as I have finished.
  2. a tense of similar construction found in certain other languages.
  3. a form in this tense.
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