Definition of presence
1 : the fact or condition of being present (see 3present)
2a : the part of space within one's immediate vicinityb : the neighborhood of one of superior especially royal rank
3 archaic : company 2a
4 : one that is present: such asa : the actual person or thing that is presentb : something present of a visible or concrete nature
6 : something (such as a spirit) felt or believed to be present
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
Recent Examples of presence from the Web
Sarah felt women didn’t have a real presence in Top 40 radio and wanted to build that spirit up a little bit.
The group’s demands include Qatar severing relations with the Muslim Brotherhood and ending Turkey’s military presence in the country.
And while local police patrols will be prominent at the fireworks show, city officials plan an even heavier police presence in Boston neighborhoods during the July Fourth holiday period — traditionally one of the city’s most violent weekends.
Miss Martha is initially scandalized by the Yankee’s presence.
As crews were battling a fire just north of Flagstaff Tuesday, officials say a drone’s presence delayed air crews from putting out the blaze.
Durham said the goats at Sunny Acres — raised by farmer Sammy McNay — are mostly a calming presence during the classes.
Fortunately, a new, young presence has made himself felt.
Police have continued to maintain a presence since Saturday.
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PRESENCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of presence for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of presence for Students
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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