WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
pres•ence /ˈprɛzəns/USA pronunciation
[uncountable] the state or fact of being present:Her presence at the party created some excitement.
[uncountable] the state or condition of being near someone; proximity: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.
[uncountable] the ability to give off a sense of ease, dignity, or self-assurance:an attorney with definite presence.
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presence /ˈprɛzəns/ n
Etymology: 14th Century: via Old French from Latin praesentia a being before, from praeesse to be before, from prae before + esse to be
- 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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