What does presence mean?

Definitions for presence
ˈprɛz ənspres·ence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. presencenoun

    the state of being present; current existence

    "he tested for the presence of radon"

  2. presence, frontnoun

    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. presencenoun

    an invisible spiritual being felt to be nearby

  4. presencenoun

    the impression that something is present

    "he felt the presence of an evil force"

  5. bearing, comportment, presence, miennoun

    dignified manner or conduct

  6. presencenoun

    the act of being present


  1. presencenoun

    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. presencenoun

    The part of space within one's immediate vicinity.

    Bob never said anything about it in my presence.

  3. presencenoun

    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. presencenoun

    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. presencenoun

    A company's business activity in a particular market.

  6. presencenoun

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

  7. presenceverb

    To make or become present.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Presencenoun

    Etymology: presence, Fr. præsentia, Lat.

    To-night we hold a solemn supper,
    And I’ll request your presence. William Shakespeare.

    The presence of a king engenders love
    Amongst his subjects and his loyal friends,
    As it disanimates his enemies. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    The shepherd Dorus answered with such a trembling voice and abashed countenance, and oftentimes so far from the matter, that it was some sport to the young ladies, thinking it want of education, which made him so discountenanced with unwonted presence. Philip Sidney, b. i.

    Men that very presence fear,
    Which once they knew authority did bear! Daniel.

    Thou know’st the law of arms is such,
    That, whoso draws a sword in th’ presence ’t’s death. Sha.

    I know not by what power I am made bold,
    In such a presence here, to plead my thoughts. William Shakespeare.

    Wisdom thy sister, and with her did’st play
    In presence of th’ Almighty. John Milton.

    Perhaps I have not so well consulted the repute of my intellectuals, in bringing their imperfections into such discerning presences. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps.

    Since clinging cares and trains of inbred fears,
    Not aw’d by arms, but in the presence bold,
    Without respect to purple or to gold. Dryden.

    Look I so pale.
    —— Ay; and no man in the presence,
    But his red colour hath forsook his cheeks. William Shakespeare.

    Odmar, of all this presence does contain,
    Give her your wreath whom you esteem most fair. Dryden.

    Virtue is best in a body that is comely, and that hath rather dignity of presence, than beauty of aspect. Francis Bacon.

    A graceful presence bespeaks acceptance, gives a force to language, and helps to convince by look and posture. Collier.

    How great his presence, how erect his look,
    How ev’ry grace, how all his virtuous mother
    Shines in his face, and charms me from his eyes. Smith.

    By them they pass, all gazing on them round,
    And to the presence mount, whose glorious view
    Their frail amazed senses did confound. Fairy Queen.

    An’t please your grace, the two great cardinals
    Wait in the presence. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    The lady Anne of Bretagne, passing through the presence in the court of France, and espying Chartier, a famous poet, leaning upon his elbow fast asleep, openly kissing him, said, we must honour with our kiss, the mouth from whence so many sweet verses have proceeded. Henry Peacham.

    A good bodily strength is a felicity of nature, but nothing comparable to a large understanding and ready presence of mind. Roger L'Estrange.

    Errors, not to be recall’d, do find
    Their best redress from presence of the mind,
    Courage our greatest failings does supply. Edmund Waller.

    To her the sov’reign presence thus reply’d. John Milton.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Presencenoun

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

  2. Presencenoun

    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. Presencenoun

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

  4. Presencenoun

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

  5. Presencenoun

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

  6. Presencenoun

    port, mien; air; personal appearence

  7. Etymology: [F. prsence, L. praesentia. See Present.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Presence

    prez′ens, n. state of being present—opp. of Absence: situation near or within sight, &c., companionship: approach face to face: nearness to the person of a superior: an assembly of great persons: mien: personal appearance: an apparition: calmness, readiness, as of mind: (Shak.) a presence-chamber.—ns. Pres′ence-cham′ber, -room, the chamber or room in which a great personage receives company.—adj. Pres′ent, being in a certain place—opp. to Absent: now under view or consideration: being at this time: not past or future: ready at hand: attentive: not absent-minded: (gram.) denoting time just now, or making a general statement.—n. present time or business: (pl.) the writing of a letter, or a deed of any kind as actually shown at any time: any deed or writing.—adj. Prēsen′tial, having or implying actual presence.—n. Prēsential′ity.—adv. Prēsen′tially.—n. Pres′entness, state of being present.—Presence of mind, a state of mind which enables a person to speak or act with calmness and promptness in circumstances of great and sudden difficulties.—At present, at the present time, now; Real presence, a doctrine or belief that the body and blood of Christ are really and substantially present in the eucharist; The present, the present time. [O. Fr.,—L. præsentiapræsens, -sentispræ, before, sens, being.]

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of presence in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of presence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of presence in a Sentence

  1. Moseley Braun:

    I can not escape the fact that I come to the Senate as a symbol of hope and change, nor would I want to, because my presence in and of itself will change the US Senate.

  2. Barack Obama:

    Today, fewer than 10,000 troops remain on a mission to train and assist Afghan forces. We’ll continue to bring them home and reduce our forces further, down to an embassy presence by the end of next year, but Afghanistan remains a very dangerous place. And as so many families know, our troops continue to risk their lives for us.

  3. Brandon Hyde:

    He’s been an unbelievable team guy and veteran presence in the clubhouse and I just appreciate how he went about his business for us.

  4. Charlie Hall:

    People tend to be compassionate in the presence of live plants in the house, and of course Christmas trees fit the bill.

  5. Ibrahim Hooper:

    We have called for stepped-up police presence not only for that mosque but others in that state, every mosque all over the country has nightly Ramadan activities, so they're vulnerable.

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    causing disapproval or protest
    • A. witless
    • B. obnoxious
    • C. aligned
    • D. dangerous

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