(noun, verb)


1. the state of being present; current existence

- he tested for the presence of radon

Definition categories: state, being, beingness, existence

2. the immediate proximity of someone or something

- she blushed in his presence

- he sensed the presence of danger

Similar word(s): front

Definition categories: location, proximity

3. an invisible spiritual being felt to be nearby

Definition categories: person, spirit

4. the impression that something is present

- he felt the presence of an evil force

Definition categories: thought, belief, feeling, impression, notion, opinion

5. dignified manner or conduct

Similar word(s): bearing, comportment, mien

Definition categories: attribute, manner

6. the act of being present

Definition categories: act, attendance, attending

Sentences with presence as a noun:

- Any painter can benefit from the presence of a live model from which to draw.

- Bob never said anything about it in my presence.

- Despite being less than five foot, she filled up the theatre with her stage presence.

- I'm convinced that there was a presence in that building that I can't explain, which led to my heroic actions.


1. (philosophy) To make or become present.