- 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 veteransMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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 presenceMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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 regionMore example sentences
- 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 overwhelmingMore example sentences
bearing, carriage, stance, deportment, comportment, attitude, posture, manner, air, guise; demeanour, mien, behaviour, conduct, dignified air/demeanour, dignified bearing, dignitycharisma, personality, strength/force of personality, individuality, magnetism, attraction; poise, self-assurance, self-possession, self-confidence
- 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.
make one's 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 videoMore example sentences
- 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.
Middle English: via Old French from Latin praesentia 'being at hand', from the verb praeesse (see present1).