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ABSENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does absent mean? 

ABSENT (adjective)
  The adjective ABSENT has 2 senses:

1. not in a specified place physically or mentally
2. lost in thought; showing preoccupation

  Familiarity information: ABSENT used as an adjective is rare.


ABSENT (verb)
  The verb ABSENT has 1 sense:

1. go away or leave

  Familiarity information: ABSENT used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


ABSENT (adjective)


Sense 1absent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not in a specified place physically or mentally

Similar:

away; departed; gone (not present; having left)

devoid (completely lacking)

introuvable (impossible to find)

lacking; missing; nonexistent; wanting (not existing)

awol; truant (absent without permission)

Attribute:

presence (the state of being present; current existence)

Antonym:

present (spatial sense; being or existing in a specified place)


Sense 2absent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lost in thought; showing preoccupation

Synonyms:

absentminded; absent; abstracted; scatty

Context examples:

an absent stare / an absentminded professor / the scatty glancing quality of a hyperactive but unfocused intelligence

Similar:

inattentive (showing a lack of attention or care)


ABSENT (verb)


Sense 1absent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Go away or leave

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

absent; remove

Context example:

He absented himself

Hypernyms (to "absent" is one way to...):

disappear; go away; vanish (get lost, as without warning or explanation)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody PP


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