Definitions for absentˈæb sənt; æbˈsɛnt, ˈæb sənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ab•sentˈæb sənt; æbˈsɛnt, ˈæb sənt(adj., prep.; v.)

  1. (adj.)not in a certain place at a given time; away; missing; not present:

    absent from class.

  2. lacking; nonexistent:

    Revenge was absent from his mind.

  3. not attentive; preoccupied; absent-minded:

    an absent expression.

  4. (v.t.)to take or keep (oneself) away.

  5. (prep.)in the absence of; without.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of absent:

1350–1400; ME < L absent-, s. of absēns, prp. of abesse to be away =ab-ab - +esse to be

Princeton's WordNet

  1. absent(adj)

    not being in a specified place

  2. lacking, absent, missing, wanting(adj)


    "the thumb is absent"; "her appetite was lacking"

  3. absent, absentminded, abstracted, scatty(verb)

    lost in thought; showing preoccupation

    "an absent stare"; "an absentminded professor"; "the scatty glancing quality of a hyperactive but unfocused intelligence"

  4. absent, remove(verb)

    go away or leave

    "He absented himself"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. absent(adjective)ˈæbsənt

    ≠ present

    absent from school

Webster Dictionary

  1. Absent(adj)

    being away from a place; withdrawn from a place; not present

  2. Absent(adj)

    not existing; lacking; as, the part was rudimental or absent

  3. Absent(adj)

    inattentive to what is passing; absent-minded; preoccupied; as, an absent air

  4. Absent(verb)

    to take or withdraw (one's self) to such a distance as to prevent intercourse; -- used with the reflexive pronoun

  5. Absent(verb)

    to withhold from being present

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'absent' in Adjectives Frequency: #769

Anagrams of absent

  1. Abnets

Translations for absent

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


not present

Johnny was absent from school with a cold.

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