Definition of presence in English:

presence

Line breaks: pres|ence
Pronunciation: /ˈprɛz(ə)ns
 
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noun

[mass noun]
1The state or fact of existing, occurring, or being present: my presence in the flat made her happy the presence of chlorine in the atmosphere the memorial was unveiled in the presence of 24 veterans
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  • It was moments like that when I savoured his presence, enjoyed the fact that we were together and we were happy.
  • The fact he could utter the word in the presence of his most deadly enemies says much about the Christian upbringing of the man.
  • Then, oddly comforted by his presence, she starts to seek out his company.
Synonyms
existence, being there
attendance, attending, appearance, residence, occupancy;
company, companionship
informal turning up, showing, showing up
1.1 [count noun] A person or thing that exists or is present in a place but is not seen: the monks became aware of a strange presence
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  • She was feeling quite lost now, all these people talking about strange presences.
  • In my time this had become two bedrooms and a bathroom with an oddly shaped passage, and anybody who slept there remarked on strange presences.
  • She interviews her for a book that she hopes will make Alison famous, but their voices on tape are often drowned out by the spirit presences that jostle around them.
Synonyms
Scottish & Irish bodach;
West Indian duppy
informal spook
literary shade, visitant, revenant
archaic eidolon
1.2 [in singular] A group of people, especially soldiers or police, stationed in a particular place: the US would maintain a presence in the Indian Ocean region
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  • He said that provided a police presence was maintained in the centre, the project could be beneficial.
  • I wouldn't object to the cameras so much if there was a police presence to crack down on other motoring offences.
  • Yet it remains just as true that most people feel more secure when the police have a visible presence on the streets.
1.3The impressive manner or appearance of a person: Richard was not a big man but his presence was overwhelming
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  • Sol is not a big talker on the field, but his physical presence and calm manner reassure others.
  • He's got a real physical presence - his chest is puffed up and it feels like he's taking up too much space.
  • They have a great physical presence and they made that tell on this occasion.
Synonyms
demeanour, mien, behaviour, conduct, dignified air/demeanour, dignified bearing, dignity
aura, charisma, personality, strength/force of personality, individuality, magnetism, attraction;
poise, self-assurance, self-possession, self-confidence

Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin praesentia 'being at hand', from the verb praeesse (see present1).

Phrases

make one's presence felt

see make oneself felt at feel.
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  • Janet Evans made her presence felt in and out of the pool.
  • If you invite them, they will make their presence felt.

presence of mind

The ability to remain calm and take quick, sensible action: he had the presence of mind to record the scene on video
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  • Despite their serious injuries, the men remained calm - one even had the presence of mind to make a joke.
  • But if we stay sensible and keep our presence of mind we can meet the challenges ahead.
  • So in the final analysis, it seems that the ability to maintain one's presence of mind in the face of danger is a primary issue.
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