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presence

[pre̱z(ə)ns]

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presences

  1. N-SING: with poss Someone's presence in a place is the fact that they are there.

  2. N-UNCOUNT: oft supp N If you say that someone has presence, you mean that they impress people by their appearance and manner.

  3. N-COUNT A presence is a person or creature that you cannot see, but that you are aware of. [LITERARY]

  4. N-SING: usu supp N If a country has a military presence in another country, it has some of its armed forces there.

  5. N-UNCOUNT: with poss If you refer to the presence of a substance in another thing, you mean that it is in that thing.

  6. PHRASE: make inflects If you make your presence felt, you do something which makes people notice you or pay attention to you.

  7. PHRASE: PHR after v, v-link PHR If you are in someone's presence, you are in the same place as that person, and are close enough to them to be seen or heard.

  8. PHRASE: usu PHR after v (approval) If you say that someone had the presence of mind to do something, you approve of them because they were able to think and act calmly in a difficult situation.

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pre̱z(ə)nswith Someone's presence in a place is the fact that they are there.Examples

They argued that his presence in the village could only stir up trouble...
Her Majesty later honoured the Headmaster with her presence at lunch.

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presence

noun
SingularPlural
Common casepresence*presences
Possessive casepresence's*presences'