from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state or fact of being present; current existence or occurrence.
  • n. Immediate proximity in time or space.
  • n. The area immediately surrounding a great personage, especially a sovereign.
  • n. A person who is present.
  • n. A person's bearing, especially when it commands respectful attention: "He continues to possess the presence, mental as well as physical, of the young man” ( Brendan Gill).
  • n. The quality of self-assurance and effectiveness that permits a performer to achieve a rapport with the audience: stage presence.
  • n. A supernatural influence felt to be nearby.
  • n. The diplomatic, political, or military influence of a nation in a foreign country, especially as evidenced by the posting of its diplomats or its troops there: "The American diplomatic presence in London began in 1785 when John Adams became our first minister” ( Nancy Holmes).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The fact or condition of being present, or of being within sight or call, or at hand.
  • n. The part of space within one's immediate vicinity.
  • n. A quality of poise and effectiveness that enables a performer to achieve a close relationship with his audience.
  • n. Something (as a spirit) felt or believed to be present.
  • n. A company's business activity in a particular market.
  • n. The state of being closely focused on the here and now, not distracted by irrelevant thoughts
  • v. To make or become present.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being present, or of being within sight or call, or at hand; -- opposed to absence.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Specifically, neighborhood to the person of one of superior of exalted rank; also, presence chamber.
  • n. The whole of the personal qualities of an individual; person; personality; especially, the person of a superior, as a sovereign.
  • n. An assembly, especially of person of rank or nobility; noble company.
  • n. Port, mien; air; personal appearence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being present; the state of being in a certain place, and not in some other place; being, continuance, or stay in a certain place: as, the presence of a planet in a particular part of its orbit; specifically, the state of being near the speaker or writer or in some place upon which his thought is directed.
  • n. Companionship; attendance; company; society.
  • n. Immediate neighborhood or vicinity; close proximity.
  • n. The state of being face to face with a great personage or with a superior.
  • n. An assembly, particularly of persons of rank; a noble company.
  • n. Personality; the sum of the qualities of an individual; personage.
  • n. Aspect; appearance; demeanor; mien; air.
  • n. An apparition; a vision; a specter.
  • n. A presence-chamber.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the immediate proximity of someone or something
  • n. an invisible spiritual being felt to be nearby
  • n. dignified manner or conduct
  • n. the impression that something is present
  • n. the state of being present; current existence
  • n. the act of being present


Through Old French presence, from Latin praesentia ("a being present"), from praesentem. (Wiktionary)



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