Definition of AWOL abbreviation from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈeɪwɒl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈeɪwɔːl//
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absent without leave (used especially in the armed forces when somebody has left their group without permission) He's gone AWOL from his base. (humorous) The guitarist went AWOL in the middle of the recording. Word Origin1920s: acronym from absent without (official) leave.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: AWOL