Pronunciation: /ˈabs(ə)nt /
- 1Not present in a place, at an occasion, or as part of something: most pupils were absent from school at least once absent colleagues wings are absent in several species of crane fliesMore example sentences
- The other nurse, who continues to suffer ill health arising from the near assault, has been absent from work on a number of occasions.
- Remarkably, however, nectar is absent from those species that produce pseudopollen.
- Shouldn't we be working on getting in touch with this technology so that we can keep track of children and young people who are absent from school?
- 2(Of an expression or manner) showing that someone is not paying attention to what is being said or done: she looked up with an absent smileMore example sentences
distracted, preoccupied, inattentive, vague, absorbed, abstracted, unheeding, oblivious, distrait, absent-minded; daydreaming, dreamy, dreaming, far away, somewhere else, musing, wool-gathering, with one's head in the clouds, in a world of one's own, lost in thought, in a brown study; blank, empty, vacant, vacuous• informal miles away, not with us
- She just looked at him, curious as to why his absent expression was now missing, replaced by a foolish something.
- Ryan felt her finger trace around his hand in an absent manner and wanted nothing more than to squeeze her and never let go.
- His face wore an absent expression, as of deep thought, and I became afraid that if his eyes did light upon me he would nevertheless not see me.
Pronunciation: /abˈsɛnt /[with object] (absent oneself) Back to top
- Stay or go away: halfway through the meal, he absented himself from the tableMore example sentences
- The fact that his wife worked on the fields meant that Bandia could absent himself every once in a while to conduct his commercial activities.
- If your family celebrates Christmas, then absenting yourself for the day to go and read a book is simply not on.
- Over the past few generations, economic migration has resulted in men absenting themselves from family life.
prepositionNorth American • formal Back to top
- Without: absent a willingness to negotiate, you can’t have collective bargainingMore example sentences
- In the meantime, I am inclined to accept Fund's denials absent contrary evidence.
- Yet, this is indeed possible absent a willingness to read critically and teach students to do likewise.
- The Justices are perfectly entitled, should they think fit, to convict absent such evidence.
Middle English: via Old French from Latin absens, absent- 'being absent', present participle of abesse, from ab- 'from, away' + esse 'to be'.