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noun presence pronunciation in American English /ˈprezəns/
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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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the practice of giving birth in the presence of several friends and relatives

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