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absent

adjective uk   us   /ˈæb.sənt/

absent adjective (NOT PRESENT)

B1 not in the place where you are expected to be, especially at school or work: John has been absent from school/work for three days now. We drank a toast to absent friends.
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absent adjective (NOT EXISTING)

not existing: Any sign of remorse was completely absent from her face.

absent adjective (NOT PAYING ATTENTION)

used to describe a person or the expression on a person's face when they are thinking about other things and are not paying attention to what is happening near them

absent

preposition uk   us   /ˈæb.sənt/ US
without: Absent a detailed plan, the project was doomed from the start.

absent

verb uk   us   /æbˈsent/
absent yourself formal to not go to a place where you are expected to be, especially a school or place of work: You cannot choose to absent yourself (from work/school) on a whim.
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