absence Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “absence” in the English Dictionary

"absence" in British English

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uk   us   /ˈæb.səns/

absence noun (NOT BEING PRESENT)

B2 [U or C] the ​fact of not being where you are usually ​expected to be: A new ​manager was ​appointed during/in her absence. She has had ​repeated absences fromwork this ​year.
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absence noun (NOT EXISTING)

B2 [U] the ​fact of not ​existing: He ​drewattention to the absence ofconcreteevidence against the ​defendant. In the absence of (= because there were not) more ​suitablecandidates, we ​decided to ​offer the ​job to Mr Conway.
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(Definition of absence from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"absence" in American English

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absencenoun [C/U]

 us   /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 ​drewattention to the absence of any ​solidevidence against the ​defendant.
adjective [not gradable]  us   /ˈæb·sənt/
If Callie is absent from ​school, she should ​bring a ​note from ​home.
adverb  us   /ˈæb·sənt·li/
He ​stared out the ​window, absently ​rubbing his ​cheek.
(Definition of absence from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"absence" in Business English

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uk   us   /ˈæbsəns/
[C or U] HR a ​time when someone is not at ​work or at the ​place they are expected to be: absence from sth Her absence from the ​meeting was ​noted.in sb's absence His ​fellowdirectorsvoted in his absence to ​fire him. The worst day for workplace absences is Monday.
[U] the fact that something is not where it is needed or expected: The ​business was suffering from an absence of an ​overallplan for ​movingforward.in the absence of sth In the absence of any alternative, we'll continue in the same way as before.
(Definition of absence from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “absence”
in Arabic غِياب, عَدَم وُجود…
in Korean 결석, 부재…
in Portuguese ausência, falta…
in Catalan absència, manca…
in Japanese 留守, 不在, 欠席…
in Chinese (Simplified) 不在场的, 缺席, 缺勤…
in Turkish yok olan, mevcut olmayan, yok olma…
in Russian отсутствие…
in Chinese (Traditional) 不在場的, 缺席, 缺勤…
in Italian assenza, mancanza…
in Polish nieobecność, brak…
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