Definitions for presenceˈprɛz əns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pres•enceˈprɛz əns(n.)

  1. the state or fact of being present.

  2. immediate vicinity; proximity.

  3. the military or economic power of a country as reflected abroad by the stationing of its troops, sale of its goods, etc.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  4. Chiefly Brit. the immediate personal vicinity of a great personage giving audience or reception.

    Category: British

  5. the ability to project a sense of ease, poise, or self-assurance.

  6. personal appearance or bearing, esp. of a dignified or imposing kind.

  7. a person, esp. of noteworthy appearance or compelling personality.

  8. a divine or supernatural spirit felt to be present.

Origin of presence:

1300–50; ME < MF < L

Princeton's WordNet

  1. presence(noun)

    the state of being present; current existence

    "he tested for the presence of radon"

  2. presence, front(noun)

    the immediate proximity of someone or something

    "she blushed in his presence"; "he sensed the presence of danger"; "he was well behaved in front of company"

  3. presence(noun)

    an invisible spiritual being felt to be nearby

  4. presence(noun)

    the impression that something is present

    "he felt the presence of an evil force"

  5. bearing, comportment, presence, mien(noun)

    dignified manner or conduct

  6. presence(noun)

    the act of being present

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. presence(noun)ˈprɛz əns

    ≠ absence

    I could feel her presence behind me.; the presence of chemicals in the drinking water

  2. presenceˈprɛz əns

    a group of people who are in a place for a purpose

    their military presence in the Middle East


  1. presence(Noun)

    The fact or condition of being present, or of being within sight or call, or at hand;

    Any painter can benefit from the presence of a live model from which to draw.

  2. presence(Noun)

    The part of space within one's immediate vicinity.

    Bob never said anything about it in my presence.

  3. presence(Noun)

    A quality of poise and effectiveness that enables a performer to achieve a close relationship with his audience.

    Despite being less than five foot, she filled up the theatre with her stage presence.

  4. presence(Noun)

    Something (as a spirit) felt or believed to be present.

    I'm convinced that there was a presence in that building that I can't explain, which led to my heroic actions.

  5. presence(Noun)

    A company's business activity in a particular market.

  6. presence(Noun)

    The state of being closely focused on the here and now, not distracted by irrelevant thoughts

  7. presence(Verb)

    To make or become present.

  8. Origin: Through , from praesentia, from praesentem.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Presence(noun)

    the state of being present, or of being within sight or call, or at hand; -- opposed to absence

  2. Presence(noun)

    the place in which one is present; the part of space within one's ken, call, influence, etc.; neighborhood without the intervention of anything that forbids intercourse

  3. Presence(noun)

    specifically, neighborhood to the person of one of superior of exalted rank; also, presence chamber

  4. Presence(noun)

    the whole of the personal qualities of an individual; person; personality; especially, the person of a superior, as a sovereign

  5. Presence(noun)

    an assembly, especially of person of rank or nobility; noble company

  6. Presence(noun)

    port, mien; air; personal appearence


  1. Presence

    Presence is the seventh studio album by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, released by Swan Song Records on 31 March 1976. It was written and recorded during a tumultuous time in the band's history, as singer Robert Plant was recuperating from serious injuries he had sustained in a recent car accident. The album received mixed reviews from critics and is also the slowest-selling studio album by the band, only managing to achieve triple-platinum certification in the United States. Nonetheless, guitarist Jimmy Page describes Presence as the band's "most important" album, proving they would continue despite their turmoil.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'presence' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1219

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'presence' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4503

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'presence' in Nouns Frequency: #589

Translations for presence

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the state, or fact, of being present

The committee requests your presence at Thursday's meeting.

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