- [formal] to go away se ausentó un mes de su domicilio he was away from home o/or he went away for a month pidió permiso para ausentarse un momento he asked to leave the room ( o/or class etc) lo llamaron y tuvo que ausentarse he was called away con niños chicos uno no puede ausentarse ni un minuto if you have small children you can't leave them for a moment
Here is a selection of useful words and phrases you will need in real-life situations while you're visiting Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries...
In Spain the term castellano, rather than español, refers to the Spanish language as opposed to Catalan, Basque etc. The choice of word has political overtones: castellano has separatist connotations and español is considered centralist. In Latin America castellano is the usual term for Spanish.