presence

noun
pres·​ence | \ ˈpre-zᵊn(t)s \

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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Her presence at the surprise party, also attended by Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys, was the first sign in close to a year that the couple remained together (phew). Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Literally Every Single Thing We Know About Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx's Relationship," 28 Jan. 2019 The presence of Wagner, Wright and his brother — second-year cornerback Shaquill Griffin — made a somewhat disappointing rookie season a little easier to digest. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "After a statistically empty rookie season, what’s next for Seahawks’ Shaquem Griffin?," 6 Jan. 2019 The Jewish presence on Djerba, an island off the Tunisian coast, also goes back a long way. Leslie Camhi, ELLE Decor, "Inside the World's Most Beautiful Synagogues," 5 Nov. 2018 But her credibility as a moderating force, a gracious presence swathed in silk and lace, has been significantly undermined by her own hand. Robin Givhan, Houston Chronicle, "Nothing else Melania Trump wears will ever matter again," 13 July 2018 Among the unusual aspects of a Tauck cruise tour is the presence of several full-time tour directors who serve as always-present guides, problem solvers, organizers and traveling companions. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "Exclusive events, all-inclusive fares: Inside the Tauck formula for small-ship cruising," 13 July 2018 There has never been a professional comedian with better stage presence, attitude, timing, or delivery. Brendan Leonard, Outside Online, "Learning to Be Funny," 9 July 2018 For example, Crocs is building its growth plans on success in Asian markets, and that means maintaining a strong presence in China. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "‘Made in China’ Was Once the Easy Answer. Not Anymore.," 18 Jan. 2019 The president has repeatedly wreaked havoc with diplomacy, whether from the Syria withdrawal order and subsequent confusion over timing to suggestions that the American military presence in Afghanistan may be significantly reduced. Matthew Lee, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s evolving foreign policy challenges top US diplomat," 15 Jan. 2019

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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 \

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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