Definition of presence in English:

presence

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’
    • ‘We had been in the presence of a man of God, a gentle giant, a man of strong conviction astride a gentle soul.’
    • ‘We would feel uneasy in the presence of someone who knew our inmost thoughts.’
    • ‘The fact he could utter the word in the presence of his most deadly enemies says much about the Christian upbringing of the man.’
    • ‘Many students seem to be aware of the station's presence on campus.’
    • ‘It was moments like that when I savoured his presence, enjoyed the fact that we were together and we were happy.’
    • ‘To be in the presence of someone who obviously loves his job and cares about his audience is truly unique.’
    • ‘Christ's presence on earth simply exposed the activity of these sinister forces.’
    • ‘From one of these old men, whose name is not mentioned here, I received the sense of having been in the presence of evil.’
    • ‘The vertebrates are characterized by the presence of a bony skeleton and a brain.’
    • ‘I will watch for God's presence in my life today.’
    • ‘Then, oddly comforted by his presence, she starts to seek out his company.’
    • ‘Princess Margaret presented the certificate in the presence of Lady Astor.’
    • ‘Burial took place in the adjoining cemetery in the presence of a large number of sympathisers.’
    • ‘You must then date it and sign it in the presence of two witnesses.’
    • ‘Arriving in Tripoli on 12 February 1941, he made his presence felt immediately.’
    • ‘Eventually they accepted the document in the presence of two witnesses and Albert was given painkillers.’
    • ‘I approached Robbie and he didn't seem to sense my presence in the room.’
    • ‘She drew comfort from his presence there and his voice, the warmth in it reserved only for her.’
    • ‘Though she would draw immense comfort from his presence, she did not want him to see her suffer.’
    • ‘Testing for HIV infection is usually done by detecting the presence of an antibody to the virus.’
    existence, being there
    attendance, attending, appearance, residence, occupancy
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    1. 1.1count 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’
      • ‘Not all presences or hauntings are necessarily evil, he says - they may simply be lost or desperate.’
      • ‘I had just shrugged into a light coat when I felt a looming presence at my back.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I was overwhelmed by the reality of these presences.’
      • ‘She was feeling quite lost now, all these people talking about strange presences.’
      • ‘Sensing a dark presence in the room is a common symptom of sleep paralysis.’
      • ‘It was strange the way she began to feel presences.’
      • ‘She is preoccupied with the supernatural, in this particular instance ghostly 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.’
      • ‘And yes, sometimes I even hear voices or sense presences that aren't there.’
      • ‘Heads scarcely touch pillows before significant dreams and spectral presences are in attendance.’
      • ‘‘So of course, these presences are just hallucinations,’ I said cheerfully.’
      ghost, spirit, spectre, phantom, vision, wraith, shadow, poltergeist, manifestation, apparition, supernatural being
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    2. 1.2in 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’
      • ‘You can actually see passers-by slide their eyes around the police and military presence.’
      • ‘They headed towards the police station where they knew the British army had a presence.’
      • ‘I wouldn't object to the cameras so much if there was a police presence to crack down on other motoring offences.’
      • ‘Internally, a strong secret police had a shadowy presence in the universities and institutions.’
      • ‘Uganda could then justify its army presence in the region as peacekeepers.’
      • ‘Yet it remains just as true that most people feel more secure when the police have a visible presence on the streets.’
      • ‘He said that provided a police presence was maintained in the centre, the project could be beneficial.’
      • ‘The Metropolitan Police had a presence of 600 officers in the area to maintain public order.’
      • ‘We've been putting pressure on the Government to increase the Garda presence on our roads.’
      • ‘The local public opinion about the American military presence appears to be mixed.’
      • ‘And, campus security has responded by intensifying their security presence in these areas with some success.’
      • ‘Their main role, however, will be to reassure the public and provide a visible police presence on the streets.’
      • ‘Indeed, it has been argued that a visible American troop presence weakens the royal family rather than strengthening it.’
      • ‘We have security guards now and there is a continual presence of the Metro Police.’
      • ‘It has also increased the police presence on the streets of communities throughout the city.’
      • ‘Mr Youssef said that a regular and visible police presence was the best deterrent to criminals.’
      • ‘This will ensure that a high visibility policing presence will be maintained in such areas as Shipley East.’
      • ‘Most notable of all was the continued absence of any significant military or police presence.’
      • ‘He wonders what maintaining a constant police presence in the area is costing taxpayers.’
      • ‘The police presence was a deterrent to those wishing to commit petty crimes.’
      • ‘The rest of the group was told to leave, returning along the same route without a police presence.’
    3. 1.3 The impressive manner or appearance of a person.
      ‘Richard was not a big man but his presence was overwhelming’
      • ‘The constable said that he found Mr Bibby to be " quite threatening just by his mere physical presence".’
      • ‘But we're only human, and we feel the need to make up for our lack of physical presence in other ways.’
      • ‘The reassuring physical presence of a property is enough to catch many people off guard.’
      • ‘He's got a real physical presence - his chest is puffed up and it feels like he's taking up too much space.’
      • ‘His lack of physical presence is a drawback at this level but a goal would do wonders for his confidence.’
      • ‘He is still young, still a boy really, but his physical presence is already very good.’
      • ‘Sol is not a big talker on the field, but his physical presence and calm manner reassure others.’
      • ‘He has genuine physical presence to augment his smooth changes of pace and direction.’
      • ‘With his physical presence you very rarely see him beaten in the air.’
      • ‘They have a great physical presence and they made that tell on this occasion.’
      • ‘A good trainer and a big physical presence, he is a brave and dependable goalkeeper.’
      • ‘The crowd responded with applause suitably thunderous for a woman with such commanding stage presence.’
      • ‘For all that, the staging will be simple, a bare set putting the focus on the performers' physical presence.’
      • ‘We need a big fellow up front and he gives us a strong physical presence.’
      • ‘He had a huge physical and vocal presence, dominating his area and the players around him.’
      • ‘She was reassured by his solid presence by her side.’
      • ‘Roberts kept them wanting more with his commanding stage presence.’
      • ‘Alexander has a real earthy solid presence which balances Carlos's classical technique.’
      • ‘More importantly, unlike the other two, he made his physical presence known at both ends of the pitch.’
      • ‘Short but well built, with a beard and cropped hair, the young leader has a powerful physical presence.’
      bearing, carriage, stance, deportment, comportment, attitude, posture, manner, air, guise
      aura, charisma, personality, force of personality, strength of personality, individuality, magnetism, attraction
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Phrases

  • 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’
      • ‘But I was thrilled that Ashley was able to have the presence of mind to talk to him.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, as the attack grew ever more frenzied, I still somehow managed to retain the presence of mind to grope for the necessary remedy.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Despite their serious injuries, the men remained calm - one even had the presence of mind to make a joke.’
      • ‘My mother with great presence of mind and daring jumped into the narrow creek which joined the sea, and pulled them out.’
      • ‘They have the presence of mind to take the lifelines only when needed and the knowledge to answer the simpler questions without fluttering.’
      • ‘Hospital sources said the girls had shown good presence of mind by running away when they saw a plastic can in the hands of the attacker.’
      • ‘I am delighted that our officers were able to help and that they showed the presence of mind to ensure a safe delivery of both babies.’
      • ‘But the contestants should also have presence of mind, and, if it is not asking for too much, be smart.’
      composure, equanimity, self-possession, level-headedness, aplomb, poise, assurance, self-assurance, self-control, nerve, calmness, sangfroid, countenance, collectedness, imperturbability
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

presence

/ˈprɛz(ə)ns/