WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
pres•ence /ˈprɛzəns/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. the state or fact of being present:[uncountable]Her presence at the party created some excitement.
  2. the state or condition of being near someone;
    proximity:[uncountable]wouldn't dare say that in your presence.
  3. 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.
  4. the ability to give off a sense of ease, dignity, or self-assurance:[uncountable]an attorney with definite presence.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
pres•ence  (prezəns),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the state or fact of being present, as with others or in a place.
  2. attendance or company:Your presence is requested.
  3. immediate vicinity;
    proximity:in the presence of witnesses.
  4. 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.
  5. British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]the immediate personal vicinity of a great personage giving audience or reception:summoned to her presence.
  6. 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.
  7. personal appearance or bearing, esp. of a dignified or imposing kind:a man of fine presence.
  8. a person, esp. of noteworthy appearance or compelling personality:He is a real presence, even at a private party.
  9. a divine or supernatural spirit felt to be present:He felt a presence with him in the room.
  10. 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.


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

presence /ˈprɛzəns/ n
  1. the state or fact of being present
  2. the immediate proximity of a person or thing
  3. personal appearance or bearing, esp of a dignified nature
  4. an imposing or dignified personality
  5. an invisible spirit felt to be nearby
  6. a recording control that boosts mid-range frequencies
  7. obsolete assembly or company
Etymology: 14th Century: via Old French from Latin praesentia a being before, from praeesse to be before, from prae before + esse to be



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