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truant

noun uk   /ˈtruː.ənt/ us  
[C] a child who is regularly absent from school without permission: Police reports showed that the vast majority of crime committed by children was carried out by truants. play truant UK (US usually play hooky) to be regularly absent from school without permission: Most parents are horrified when they discover their children have been playing truant from school.

truant

verb [I] uk   /ˈtruː.ənt/ mainly UK us  
Children who truant are regularly absent from school, usually while pretending to their parents that they have gone to school: You'll fail all your exams if you carry on truanting.
(Definition of truant from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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