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truantnoun [C]

 us   /ˈtru·ənt/
someone who is ​absent from ​school without ​permission
truancy
noun [U]  us   /ˈtru·ən·si/
Truancy is a ​seriousproblem in many ​schools.
(Definition of truant from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







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truantnoun

uk   us   /ˈtruː.ənt/
[C] a ​child who is ​regularlyabsent from ​school without ​permission: Police ​reportsshowed that the ​vastmajority of ​crimecommitted by ​children was ​carried out by truants.play truant UK (US usually play hooky) to be ​regularlyabsent from ​school without ​permission: Most ​parents are ​horrified when they ​discovertheirchildren have been ​playing truant from ​school.

truantverb [I]

uk   us   /ˈtruː.ənt/ UK
Children who truant are ​regularlyabsent from ​school, usually while ​pretending to ​theirparents that they have gone to ​school: You'll ​fail all ​yourexams if you ​carry on truanting.
(Definition of truant from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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