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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 drew attention to the absence of any solid evidence 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 from work this year.

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  • absence noun (NOT EXISTING)

B2 [U] the fact of not existing: He drew attention to the absence of concrete evidence against the defendant. In the absence of (= because there were not) more suitable candidates, 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 fellow directors voted 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 overall plan for moving forward.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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