Definition of absent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈæbsənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈæbsənt//
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  1. 1  absent (from…) not in a place because of illness, etc. to be absent from work opposite present
  2. 2  absent (from something) not present in something Love was totally absent from his childhood. opposite present
  3. 3showing that you are not really looking at or thinking about what is happening around you an absent expression see also absently
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: via Old French from Latin absens, absent- ‘being absent’, present participle of abesse, from ab- ‘from, away’ + esse ‘to be’.Extra examples He now played with a passion that had been strangely absent from his previous performance. He played with an abandon that was strangely absent from his performance last week. He was absent from work for two weeks. Local people were conspicuously absent from the meeting. soldiers who go absent without leave
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