Learner's definition of PRESENCE
1 [count] : the fact of being in a particular place : the state of being present — usually singular
The test results showed the presence of bacteria in the water. [=showed that there were bacteria in the water]
No one was aware of the stranger's presence.
His very presence on the basketball court intimidated opponents.
She talked about the growing presence of women in the construction industry. [=the increasing number of women working in the construction industry]
2 [noncount] : the area that is close to someone — used to describe being in the same place as someone
Please don't smoke in my presence. [=near me; when I am present]
She asked them not to talk about the accident in her presence.
Their daughter is shy in the presence of [=around] strangers.
The contract was signed in the presence of two witnesses.
3 [count] : someone or something that is seen or noticed in a particular place, area, etc. — usually singular
Her mother was a constant presence at the swim meets. [=her mother always went to the swim meets]
There is a heavy military presence in the city. [=there are a lot of soldiers, military vehicles, etc., in the city]
The company is an important presence on the Internet.
4 [singular] : a way of moving, standing, speaking, etc.
He'll be remembered as a caring teacher with a warm presence. [=a kind and gentle way of speaking, behaving, etc.]
an actor with a commanding presence on the stage = an actor with a commanding stage presence [=an actor with a powerful quality that attracts attention on the stage]
5 [count], literary : something (such as a spirit) that you cannot see but that you feel or believe is present — usually singular
grace (a person, group, etc.) with your presence
make your presence felt/heard/known
: to make people aware of you by gaining power or influence over them