absent

[ adjective, preposition ab-suhnt; verb ab-sent, ab-suhnt ]SEE DEFINITION OF absent
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ABSENT

Not expecting to be absent more than a few days, we had neither rations nor rugs.

When absent for a week, I knew to a few minutes when we should meet again.

If she mourned for her son, who had been absent for two years, how would his mother mourn?

It had been determined in family council that Mr. Roberts must absent himself.

They had heard the firing of the night and were disappointed at having been absent.

Only once was he absent from his post, and then for only a few hours.

The abruptness of the action did not create any emotion in him—his thoughts were absent.

"That's right, my dear little defender of the absent," said Mr. Walsingham.

We were absent five months; and I found Sarah as pretty, and as true, as ever.

But in her the action was so casual, so absent, that it did not affect me disagreeably.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., from Middle French absent (Old French ausent), from Latin absentem (nominative absens), present participle of abesse "be away from, be absent" (see absence). Related: Absently; absentness.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR ABSENT

absentee

adjectivenot being present
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