absent Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “absent” in the English Dictionary

"absent" in British English

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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 fromschool/​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 ​payingattention to what is ​happening near them


uk   us   /ˈæb.sənt/ US
without: Absent a ​detailedplan, the ​project was ​doomed from the ​start.


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 (fromwork/​school) on a ​whim.
(Definition of absent from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"absent" in Business English

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uk   us   /ˈæbsənt/
HR not at ​work or at the ​place where you are expected to be: absent from sth Anna's been absent from ​work for four days with flu.
not existing in a particular ​place: absent from sth Any mention of ​prices is conspicuously absent from the ad, which makes me ​think they are high.
(Definition of absent from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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