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noun presence pronunciation in American English /ˈprezəns/
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singularpresence
pluralpresences
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the existence of someone or something in a particular place
    Mr. Reese didn’t even acknowledge my presence.
    the presence of: a device for detecting the presence of submarines
  2. 2
    [singular/uncountable] an impressive appearance, or an impressive way of behaving or speaking
    He was a man of tremendous presence.
  3. 3
    [singular] workers or products that a company has in a particular place
    The Japanese have established a strong presence in the industry.
    Acquiring this company will strengthen our presence in Europe.
    1. a.
      a group of people, especially soldiers or the police, who are in a place for a particular purpose
      We intend to maintain a presence in the country until there is peace.
      military/police presence: There is still a large U.S. military presence in the region.
  4. 4
    [countable] [usually singular] a person or spirit that you cannot see but that you feel is with you in a place
    an evil presence

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