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absence

noun [C/U]  /ˈæb·səns/ us  
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 drew attention to the absence of any solid evidence against the defendant.
absent
adjective [not gradable]  /ˈæb·sənt/ us  
If Callie is absent from school, she should bring a note from home.
absently
adverb  /ˈæb·sənt·li/ us  
He stared out the window, absently rubbing his cheek.
Translations of “absence”
in Korean 결석, 부재…
in Arabic غِياب, عَدَم وُجود…
in Portuguese ausência, falta…
in Catalan absència, manca…
in Japanese 留守, 不在, 欠席…
in Italian assenza, mancanza…
in Chinese (Traditional) 不在場的, 缺席, 缺勤…
in Russian отсутствие…
in Turkish yok olan, mevcut olmayan, yok olma…
in Chinese (Simplified) 不在场的, 缺席, 缺勤…
in Polish nieobecność, brak…
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