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English definition of “absence”

absence

noun [C/U]    /ˈæb·səns/
the state of not being somewhere, or a period in which you are not somewhere: [C] She has had repeated absences from school this year. An absence can also be a lack of existence: [U] He drew attention to the absence of any solid evidence against the defendant. absent    /ˈæb·sənt/ adjective [not gradable] If Callie is absent from school, she should bring a note from home. absently    /ˈæb·sənt·li/ adverb He stared out the window, absently rubbing his cheek.
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