Meaning of “absolute” in the English Dictionary

"absolute" in British English

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absoluteadjective

uk /ˈæb.sə.luːt/ us /ˈæb.sə.luːt/

absolute adjective (VERY GREAT)

B2 very great or to the largest degree possible:

a man of absolute integrity/discretion
I have absolute faith in her judgment.
There was no absolute proof of fraud.

B2 [ before noun ] used when expressing a strong opinion:

He's an absolute idiot!
That's absolute rubbish!

More examples

  • His room is an absolute dump!
  • I then realized to my absolute horror, that I had forgotten the present.
  • When you're stuck in traffic, a mobile phone's an absolute life-saver.
  • You won't have any problems with the entrance test - it's an absolute breeze.
  • You've been an absolute gem - I couldn't have managed without your help.

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

"absolute" in American English

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absoluteadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈæb·səˌlut, ˌæb·səˈlut/

absolute adjective [ not gradable ] (WITHOUT LIMIT)

without limit, very great, or to the largest degree possible:

She demanded absolute silence.
The day was an absolute (= complete) disaster.

absolute adjective [ not gradable ] (CERTAIN)

certain; not to be doubted:

Health insurance is an absolute necessity.

(Definition of “absolute” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"absolute" in Business English

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absoluteadjective

uk /ˈæbsəluːt/ us

very great or to the largest degree possible:

The board said they had absolute confidence in the CEO, despite the company's difficulties.

[ before noun ] used when expressing a strong opinion:

It's an absolute disgrace!

(Definition of “absolute” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)