Definition of presence in English:

presence

noun

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