- the state or fact of being present
- the immediate proximity of a person or thing
- personal appearance or bearing, esp of a dignified nature
- an imposing or dignified personality
- an invisible spirit felt to be nearby
- a recording control that boosts mid-range frequencies
- obsolete assembly or company
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- the state or fact of being present:[uncountable]Her presence at the party created some excitement.
- the state or condition of being near someone;
proximity:[uncountable]wouldn't dare say that in your presence.
- the power of a country reflected in foreign countries by the stationing of its troops, sale of its goods, etc.: [uncountable]nonmilitary presence.[countable; usually singular]a military presence in the region for the sake of stability.
- the ability to give off a sense of ease, dignity, or self-assurance:[uncountable]an attorney with definite presence.
- the state or fact of being present, as with others or in a place.
- attendance or company:Your presence is requested.
- immediate vicinity;
proximity:in the presence of witnesses.
- the military or economic power of a country as reflected abroad by the stationing of its troops, sale of its goods, etc.:the American military presence in Europe; the Japanese presence in the U.S. consumer market.
- British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]the immediate personal vicinity of a great personage giving audience or reception:summoned to her presence.
- the ability to project a sense of ease, poise, or self-assurance, esp. the quality or manner of a person's bearing before an audience:The speaker had a good deal of stage presence.
- personal appearance or bearing, esp. of a dignified or imposing kind:a man of fine presence.
- a person, esp. of noteworthy appearance or compelling personality:He is a real presence, even at a private party.
- a divine or supernatural spirit felt to be present:He felt a presence with him in the room.
- British TermsSee presence chamber.
- Latin praesentia. See present1, -ence
- Middle French
- Middle English 1300–50
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged neighborhood.
- 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged carriage, mien.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged absence.