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"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.
absent
adjective [not gradable]  us   /ˈæb·sənt/
If Callie is absent from ​school, she should ​bring a ​note from ​home.
absently
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 British English

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absencenoun

uk   /ˈæb.səns/  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 Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"absence" in Business English

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absencenoun

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)
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