in someone's absence

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of in someone's absence

1 :while someone is away
  • The study was completed in her absence.
2 :in the place of someone who is not present
  • He was asked to speak in his brother's absence.

Word by Word Definitions

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

absence play
  1. : a state or condition in which something expected, wanted, or looked for is not present or does not exist : a state or condition in which something is absent

  2. : a failure to be present at a usual or expected place : the state of being absent

  3. : the period of time that one is absent


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