Presence is the state of being somewhere. When you get an invitation that reads "Your presence is requested,” you are being asked to show up. Your style of being there — your demeanor or bearing — is also your presence.

Usually, presence is a physical thing. Since the 1600s, the word has also meant something otherwordly, a spiritual or divine presence. If you suddenly feel a weird presence in the room, perhaps it's a ghost . . . or just the cat. Use the phrase "presence of mind" to indicate when someone is quick-witted or just paying attention. While your job washing skyscraper windows doesn't require a lot of brain work, it's a good idea to keep your presence of mind while working.

Definitions of presence
  1. noun
    the state of being present; current existence
    “he tested for the presence of radon”
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    the state of being absent
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    immanence, immanency
    the state of being within or not going beyond a given domain
    inherence, inherency
    the state of inhering; the state of being a fixed characteristic
    the state of existing and being localized in space
    omnipresence, ubiquitousness, ubiquity
    the state of being everywhere at once (or seeming to be everywhere at once)
    the state of being here in this place
    the state of being there--not here--in position
    real existence
    an instance of something occurring
    a dominating and pervasive presence
    the occurrence of related organisms in separate geographical areas with no overlap
    the occurrence of organisms in overlapping geographical areas, but without interbreeding
    type of:
    being, beingness, existence
    the state or fact of existing
  2. noun
    the act of being present
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    failure to be present
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    attendance, attending
    the act of being present (at a meeting or event etc.)
  3. noun
    the impression that something is present
    “he felt the presence of an evil force”
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    belief, feeling, impression, notion, opinion
    a vague idea in which some confidence is placed
  4. noun
    the immediate proximity of someone or something
    “she blushed in his presence
    “he sensed the presence of danger”
    synonyms: front
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    the region close around a person or thing
  5. noun
    an invisible spiritual being felt to be nearby
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    disembodied spirit, spirit
    any incorporeal supernatural being that can become visible (or audible) to human beings
  6. noun
    dignified manner or conduct
    synonyms: bearing, comportment, mien
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    dignity, gravitas, lordliness
    formality in bearing and appearance
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    manner, personal manner
    a way of acting or behaving
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