Definition of absence in English:


Line breaks: ab|sence
Pronunciation: /ˈabs(ə)ns


[mass noun]


absence makes the heart grow fonder

proverb You feel more affection for those you love when parted from them.
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  • 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 mind
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  • 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).

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