absents, absenting, absented
(The adjective and preposition are pronounced [[t]æ̱bs(ə)nt[/t]]. The verb is pronounced [[t]æbse̱nt[/t]].)
1) ADJ: usu v-link ADJ, oft ADJ from n If someone or something is absent from a place or situation where they should be or where they usually are, they are not there.

He has been absent from his desk for two weeks...

The pictures, too, were absent from the walls...

Any soldier failing to report would be considered absent without leave and punished accordingly.

2) ADJ-GRADED If someone appears absent, they are not paying attention because they are thinking about something else.

`Nothing,' Rosie said in an absent way.

Derived words:
absently [[t]æ̱bs(ə)ntli[/t]] ADV-GRADED

He nodded absently.

3) ADJ: ADJ n An absent parent does not live with his or her children.

...absent fathers who fail to pay towards the costs of looking after their children.

4) VERB If someone absents themselves from a place where they should be or where they usually are, they do not go there or they do not stay there. [FORMAL]

[V pron-refl from n] She was old enough to absent herself from the lunch table if she chose...

[V pron-refl] He pleaded guilty before a court martial to absenting himself without leave.

5) PREP If you say that absent one thing, another thing will happen, you mean that if the first thing does not happen, the second thing will happen. [AM, FORMAL]

Absent a solution, people like Sue Godfrey will just keep on fighting.


English dictionary. 2008.


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