presence

noun
pres·​ence | \ ˈpre-zᵊn(t)s How to pronounce presence (audio) \

Definition of presence

1 : the fact or condition of being present (see present entry 3)
2a : the part of space within one's immediate vicinity
b : the neighborhood of one of superior especially royal rank
3 archaic : company sense 2a
4 : one that is present: such as
a : the actual person or thing that is present
b : something present of a visible or concrete nature
5a : the bearing, carriage, or air of a person especially : stately or distinguished bearing
b : a noteworthy quality of poise and effectiveness the actor's commanding presence
6 : something (such as a spirit) felt or believed to be present

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Synonyms for presence

Synonyms

company, sight

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Examples of presence in a Sentence

Bacteria sense their neighbors and respond to the presence of others in the colony by exchanging small molecules and bits of proteins called peptides … — Susan Gaidos, Science News, 17 Jan. 2009 Though because it is a seaside town, there are more people now that it's summer.  … As well, their presence means that our few restaurants—dark through the snowy months—are open now, their lights burning merrily into the summer evenings. — Richard Ford, Wall Street Journal, 14-15 June 2008 The two authors suggest that war is better understood as a form of play than as a place of business, that Clausewitzian theory collapses into absurdity in the presence of atomic weapons. — Lewis H. Lapham, Harper's, September 2007 men should watch their language when in the presence of ladies the orchestra's musical director has a very stately presence
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Meticulously crafted and ever-evolving in collaboration with French master creator and ex-paramour Jean-Paul Goude, the singer’s Afrofuturist image is as integral to her character as her sultry contralto and subversive stage presence. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Happy Birthday, Grace Jones! 18 Times the Fearless Pop Icon Broke the Beauty Mold," 19 May 2019 Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Instagram presence has already given the world so many blessings—from the rumors that Meghan updates the @SussexRoyal Instagram herself, to the Duke and Duchess's support of a number of charities on the platform. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Don't Have a Twitter Account for an Understandable Reason," 13 May 2019 Gemma Chan walks a red carpet like a queen, always a graceful presence, always a visual feast; and the 2019 Met Gala — the actress's first — is no exception. Sable Yong, Allure, "The Exact $88 Eye Shadow Palette Gemma Chan Wore to the 2019 Met Gala," 7 May 2019 Even if, at first glance, 501s and the desert heat don’t exactly seem like an ideal pairing, Levi’s presence on the festival circuit proves that the brand’s bread and butter lends itself to a range of scenarios—and climates. Sarah Morse, Glamour, "5 Perfect Summer Outfits With Jeans, Courtesy of Celebrities," 22 Apr. 2019 The problem with this last claim is that the Snapdragon 710 only appeared in a handful of midrange phones from companies like Xiaomi—a huge brand in China, but one with almost no presence within the United States. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Qualcomm's Snapdragon 730G processor was built for kick-ass mobile gaming," 9 Apr. 2019 And its speaker system, with two forward-facing high-end drivers (11) that help your ear focus on it and a bass driver (10) for depth, gives it presence in your home. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "Things Come Apart: Facebook Portal+," 24 Mar. 2019 Luckily for all of us, she's been gracing us with her presence more often lately. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Michelle Obama Got the Best News About Her Book 'Becoming' On Her Birthday," 17 Jan. 2019 Almost-royals Pippa Middleton and her husband James Matthews were also presence. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Secretly Attended a Christmas Reception Together," 7 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of presence

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for presence

see present entry 3

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presence

noun

English Language Learners Definition of presence

: the fact of being in a particular place : the state of being present
: the area that is close to someone
: someone or something that is seen or noticed in a particular place, area, etc.

presence

noun
pres·​ence | \ ˈpre-zᵊns How to pronounce presence (audio) \

Kids Definition of presence

1 : the fact or condition of being in a certain place No one noticed the stranger's presence.
2 : position close to a person The child is shy in the presence of strangers.
3 : a person's appearance or manner The actor has great presence on stage.

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