Definition of “absentee” - English Dictionary

“absentee” in British English

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absenteenoun [ C ]

uk /ˌæb.sənˈtiː/ us /ˌæb.sənˈtiː/

someone who is not at school or work when they should be:

There are several absentees from school this week, because a lot of people have flu.
absenteeism
noun [ U ] uk /ˌæb.sənˈtiː.ɪ.zəm/ us /ˌæb.sənˈtiː.ɪ.zəm/

The high rate of absenteeism is costing the company a lot of money.

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

“absentee” in American English

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absenteenoun [ C ]

us /ˌæb·sənˈti/

someone who is absent

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

“absentee” in Business English

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absenteenoun [ C ]

uk /ˌæbsənˈtiː/ us

HR someone who is not at work or at the place where they are supposed to be:

There are lots of absentees at the moment because of illness.
The CEO was a notable absentee from the meeting.

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