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absent

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adjective ab·sent \ˈab-sənt\

Simple Definition of absent

  • : not present at a usual or expected place

  • : not present at all : not existing

  • : showing that a person is thinking about something else : showing a lack of attention to what is happening or being said

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of absent

  1. 1 :  not present or attending :  missing

  2. 2 :  not existing :  lacking <danger in a situation where power is absent — M. H. Trytten>

  3. 3 :  lost in thought :  not attentive

absently adverb

Examples of absent in a sentence

  1. an absent father who is not home most of the time

  2. a gene that occurs in mammals but that is absent in birds

  3. a landscape in which vegetation is almost entirely absent

  4. He made an absent reply to her question as he continued to watch the TV.



Origin of absent

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin absent-, absens, present participle of abesse to be absent, from ab- + esse to be — more at is


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of absent

abstracted, preoccupied, absent, absentminded, distracted mean inattentive to what claims or demands consideration. abstracted implies absorption of the mind in something other than one's surroundings, and often suggests reflection on weighty matters <walking about with an abstracted air>. preoccupied often implies having one's attention so taken up by thoughts as to neglect others <too preoccupied with her debts to enjoy the meal>. absent stresses inability to fix the mind on present concerns due more to mental wandering than to concentration on other matters <an absent stare>. absentminded implies that the mind is fixed elsewhere and often refers to a habit of abstractedness <so absentminded, he's been known to wear mismatched shoes>. distracted may suggest an inability to concentrate caused by worry, sorrow, or anxiety <was too distracted by grief to continue working>.

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absent

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verb ab·sent \ab-ˈsent, ˈab-ˌ\

Definition of absent

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to keep (oneself) away




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absent

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preposition ab·sent \ˈab-sənt\

Simple Definition of absent

  • : in the absence of (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of absent

  1. :  in the absence of :  without

Examples of absent in a sentence

  1. Absent any objections, the plan will proceed.

  2. Absent such an agreement we can go no further.



1944

First Known Use of absent

1944



ABSENT Defined for Kids

absent

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adjective ab·sent \ˈab-sənt\

Definition of absent for Students

  1. 1 :  not present <I missed a field trip when I was absent.>

  2. 2 :  not existing <Trees were absent from the desert landscape.>

  3. 3 :  showing a lack of attention <an absent stare>





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