- 1The state of being away from a place or person: the letter had arrived during his absence I supervised the rehearsal in the absence of the directorMore example sentences
- Some more of the team had arrived during our absence, and looked at the pictures of the party.
- He later admitted in a press conference yesterday that his absence was intentional.
- So as the programme drew to a close his absence was felt more than ever before.
- 1.1 [count noun] An occasion or period of being away from a place or person: repeated absences from schoolMore example sentences
- If a child has ten unauthorised absences during a six-week period then a parent is sent a fixed penalty notice warning.
- However, she came under increasing criticism for her frequent absences while running her other company in Santiago de Chile.
- The under-17 age squad was badly affected by holidays and absences but still turned in some great performances.
- 1.2 (absence of) The non-existence or lack of: she found his total absence of facial expression disconcertingMore example sentences
- In the absence of a decent World Cup anthem, we invited you to pen an official Guardian song.
- Mr Wilkins said the absence of a cinema in the town is a commonly raised issue.
- Yes, the almost total absence of rural policing is a major problem in urgent need of a solution.
absence makes the heart grow fonder
- • proverb You feel more affection for those you love when parted from them.More example sentences
- They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, and I hope that as a result I've been able to grasp something of the spirit of these wild and wonderful places.
- They says absence makes the heart grow fonder, but sometimes it just allows the heart to find someone else because you're lonely or horny.
- They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, and for Colchester troops returning from peace-keeping duties 3,500 miles away from home it seems to be true.
absence of mind
- Failure to concentrate on or remember what one is doing: his reply conveyed his absence of mindMore example sentences
- The Victorian historian J.R. Seeley famously joked that the British had ‘conquered and peopled half the world in a fit of absence of mind.’
- The idea that competent writers produce first-rate verse in a fit of absence of mind, not knowing it to be good, is altogether too absurd to be considered.
- The separation of company and government was more apparent than real throughout this period, but if the empire was not won in a fit of absence of mind, it certainly did not grow according to any grand design.
late Middle English: from Old French, from Latin absentia, from absens, absent- (see absent).