Definition of absence noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



1 [uncountable, countable] the fact of someone being away from a place where they are usually expected to be; the occasion or period of time when someone is awayThe decision was made in my absence (= while I was not there).We did not receive any news during his long absence. absence from…absence from workrepeated absences from school see also leave2 [uncountable] the fact of someone or something not existing or not being available; a lack of somethingThe case was dismissed in the absence of any definite proof.the absence of any women on the board of directors antonym presenceIDIOMS

absence makes the heart grow fonder

(saying) used to say that when you are away from someone that you love, you love them even moreabsence makes the heart grow fonder

conspicuous by your absence

not present in a situation or place, when it is obvious that you should be there
When it came to cleaning up afterward, Anne was conspicuous by her absence.conspicuous by your absence