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presence

noun uk   us   /ˈprez.əns/
B2 [S] the fact that someone or something is in a place: She was overawed by the presence of so many people. The presence of pollen in the atmosphere causes hay fever in some people. He's usually quite polite in my presence. The document was signed in the presence of two witnesses.C2 [C usually singular] a feeling that someone is still in a place although they are not there or are dead: His daughter's presence seemed to fill her empty bedroom.C2 [S] a group of police or soldiers who are watching or controlling a situation: The United Nations has maintained a presence in the region for some time. There was a strong police presence at the demonstration.C2 [U] approving a quality that makes people notice or admire you, even when you are not speaking: stage presence He stood there in the corner of the room, a dark, brooding (= worrying) presence.
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