The state or fact of being present; current existence or occurrence. Immediate proximity in time or space. The area immediately surrounding a great personage, especially a sovereign. A person who is present. A person's bearing, especially when it commands respectful attention: "He continues to possess the presence, mental as well as physical, of the young man\u201d ( Brendan Gill). The quality of self-assurance and effectiveness that permits a performer to achieve a rapport with the audience: stage presence. A supernatural influence felt to be nearby. The diplomatic, political, or military influence of a nation in a foreign country, especially as evidenced by the posting of its diplomats or its troops there: "The American diplomatic presence in London began in 1785 when John Adams became our first minister\u201d ( Nancy Holmes).