ab|sent1 [ˈæbsənt] adj
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: Latin, present participle of abesse, from ab- 'away' + esse 'to be']
1.) not at work, school, a meeting etc, because you are sick or decide not to go
≠ ↑present absent from
students who are regularly absent from school
2.) if someone or something is absent, they are missing or not in the place where they are expected to be
absent parent/father
plans to force absent fathers to pay child maintenance
absent from
Local women were conspicuously absent (=obviously not there) from the meeting.
3.) [only before noun]
a look etc that shows you are not paying attention to or thinking about what is happening
The dull, absent look on her face implied boredom.
absent 2
ab|sent2 [əbˈsent, æb- US æb-] v [T] formal
absent yourself (from sth)
to not go to a place or take part in an event where people expect you to be

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