Meaning of “absent” in the English Dictionary

"absent" in British English

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absentadjective

uk /ˈæb.sənt/ 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.

More examples

  • If a child is absent, the teacher notes it down in the class register.
  • The teacher called the roll to see if any students were absent.
  • I was absent from work on that day.

absentpreposition

uk /ˈæb.sənt/ us /ˈæb.sənt/ US

absentverb

uk /æbˈsent/ us /æbˈsent/

(Definition of “absent” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"absent" in Business English

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absentadjective

uk /ˈæbsənt/ us

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)