American English

Definition of presence noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] (of a person) the fact of being in a particular place He hardly seemed to notice my presence. Her presence during the crisis had a calming effect. (formal) Your presence is requested at the meeting. opposite absence
  2. 2[uncountable] (of a thing or a substance) the fact of being in a particular place or thing The test can identify the presence of abnormalities in the unborn child. opposite absence
  3. 3[singular] a group of people, especially soldiers, who have been sent to a place to deal with a particular situation The government is maintaining a heavy police presence in the area. a military presence
  4. 4[countable, usually singular] (literary) a person or spirit that you cannot see but that you feel is near She felt a presence behind her.
  5. 5[uncountable] (approving) the quality of making a strong impression on other people by the way you talk or behave a man of great presence
  6. Idioms
    in the presence of somebody, in somebody's presence
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    with someone in the same place The document was signed in the presence of two witnesses. She asked them not to discuss the matter in her presence.
    in the presence of something
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    when something exists in a particular place Litmus paper turns red in the presence of an acid.
    make your presence felt
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    to do something to make people very aware of the fact that you are there; to have a strong influence on a group of people or a situation She's only been here a couple of weeks but she is already making her presence felt.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: presence