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noun presence pronunciation in British English /ˈprez(ə)ns/
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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] a group of people, especially soldiers or 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 British military presence in the region.
    1. a.
      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.
  3. 3
    [singular/uncountable] an impressive appearance, or an impressive way of behaving or speaking
    He had a commanding presence.
  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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