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Meaning of presence by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms

    • præsence ( archaic )


    Through Old French, from Latin praesentia ( “a being present” ), from praesentem .


    • IPA: /ˈprɛzəns/
    • Hyphenation: pres‧ence


    presence ( plural: presences )

    1. 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. The part of space within one's immediate vicinity .
      Bob never said anything about it in my presence .
    3. 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. 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. A company's business activity in a particular market .
    6. The state of being closely focused on the here and now, not distracted by irrelevant thoughts


    • absence


    presence ( third-person singular simple present presences present participle presencing, simple past and past participle presenced )

    1. To make or become present.

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    External links

    • presence in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
    • “presence” in the Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper, 2001
    • presence in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913


Explanation of presence by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the act of being present

    2. dignified manner or conduct

    3. the impression that something is present

    4. he felt the presence of an evil force
    5. the immediate proximity of someone or something

    6. she blushed in his presence
      he sensed the presence of danger
    7. an invisible spiritual being felt to be nearby

    8. the state of being present

    9. he tested for the presence of radon

    Definition of presence by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Presence n. [F. présence, L. praesentia. See Present.]
      1. The state of being present, or of being within sight or call, or at hand; -- opposed to absence.

      2. 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.

      Wrath shell be no more

      Thenceforth, but in thy presence joy entire. Milton.

      3. Specifically, neighborhood to the person of one of superior of exalted rank; also, presence chamber.

      In such a presence here to plead my thoughts. Shak.

      An't please your grace, the two great cardinals.

      Wait in the presence. Shak.

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

      The Sovran Presence thus replied. Milton.

      5. An assembly, especially of person of rank or nobility; noble company.

      Odmar, of all this presence does contain,

      Give her your wreath whom you esteem most fair. Dryden.

      6. Port, mien; air; personal appearence. “Rather dignity of presence than beauty of aspect.” Bacon.

      A graceful presence bespeaks acceptance. Collier.

      Presence chamber, or Presence room, the room in which a great personage receives company. Addison. “ Chambers of presence.” Bacon. -- Presence of mind, that state of the mind in which all its faculties are alert, prompt, and acting harmoniously in obedience to the will, enabling one to reach, as it were spontaneously or by intuition, just conclusions in sudden emergencies.