Definition of presence noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈprezns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprezns//
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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. Word OriginMiddle English: via Old French from Latin praesentia ‘being at hand’, from the verb praeesse, from prae ‘before’ + esse ‘be’.Extra examples Flame has always symbolized a divine presence. Fox’s efforts to create a Web presence for the movie. He acknowledged our presence with a nod of his head. He had a formidable stage presence. He has a commanding screen presence. He remained a dominant presence in the art world. He should never have made those remarks in your presence. He was still an intimidating presence. He’s become a ubiquitous presence on talk shows. Her comforting presence made him feel safe. How nice of you to grace us with your presence! I could see no signs of human presence. I felt as though there was some ghostly presence. She certainly made her presence felt in the boardroom. She sensed an evil presence, and it was growing stronger. She was a formidable presence on the set. Tests confirmed the presence of the disease. The King requested our presence this morning. The United States has a substantial military presence in the country. The army maintains a constant presence in the area. The company now has a strong presence in Germany. The company plans to expand its presence in emerging markets. The mere presence of children in the room is enough to upset him. There was a strong police presence throughout the demonstration. These chemicals could indicate the presence of water on the planet. Your presence is required two days from now. a permanent American presence overseas a small business that doesn’t have a Web presence the increased presence of Asian actors in Hollywood the overwhelming presence of the church in daily lives the pervasive presence of the Web the physical presence of actors among the audience the visible presence of campus security He had a commanding presence in meetings. She has a strong voice but absolutely no stage presence.Idioms
    in the presence of somebody, in somebody’s presence
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    with somebody 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 American Dictionary entry: presence