What does absent mean?

Definitions for absent
ˈæb sənt; æbˈsɛnt, ˈæb səntab·sent

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word absent.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. absent(adj)

    not being in a specified place

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

    nonexistent

    "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"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Absent(adj)

    being away from a place; withdrawn from a place; not present

    Etymology: [Cf. F. absenter.]

  2. Absent(adj)

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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. absenter.]

  3. Absent(adj)

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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. absenter.]

  4. Absent(verb)

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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. absenter.]

  5. Absent(verb)

    to withhold from being present

    Etymology: [Cf. F. absenter.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Absent

    abs′ent, adj. being away: not present: inattentive—v.t. (abs-ent′) to keep one's self away.—ns. Abs′ence, the state of being away or not present: want: inattention; Absentee′, one who is absent on any occasion: one who makes a habit of living away from his estate or his office; Absentee′ism, the practice of absenting one's self from duty or station, esp. of a landowner living away from his estate.—adv. Ab′sently. [L. absent-, pr.p. of absumab, away from, sum, esse, to be.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. absent

    A term used in military returns in accounting for the deficiency of any given number of officers or soldiers, and is usually distinguished under two heads, viz.: Absent with leave, such as officers with permission, or enlisted men on furlough. Absent without leave; men who desert are sometimes reported absent without leave, to bring their crimes under cognizance of regimental, garrison, or field-officers’ courts; thus, under mitigating circumstances, trial by general court-martial is avoided. Absence without leave entails forfeiture of pay during such absence, unless it is excused as unavoidable. An officer absent without leave for three months may be dropped from the rolls of the army by the President, and is not eligible to reappointment.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

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

How to pronounce absent?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say absent in sign language?

  1. absent

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of absent in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of absent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of absent in a Sentence

  1. Goethe:

    An absent friend gives us friendly company when we are well assured of his happiness.

  2. Loren Thompson:

    It's not clear how revenues would grow in the near term absent an acquisition.

  3. Hillary Clinton:

    I certainly would have public lands on the list of things we have to address, there's no doubt about that, my biggest problem is trying to figure out how we do what we need to do absent a congress who will support what we need to do.

  4. Lucretius:

    Though the dungeon, the scourge, and the executioner be absent, the guilty mind can apply the goad and scorch with blows.

  5. Frank Rose:

    The key Russian concern ... is that in the future, absent legally binding constraints, we will develop systems that could potentially negate their strategic deterrent.

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