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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [adjective, preposition ab-suh nt; verb ab-sent, ab-suh nt]
    • /adjective, preposition ˈæb sənt; verb æbˈsɛnt, ˈæb sənt/
    • /ˈæbsənt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [adjective, preposition ab-suh nt; verb ab-sent, ab-suh nt]
    • /adjective, preposition ˈæb sənt; verb æbˈsɛnt, ˈæb sənt/

Definitions of absent word

  • adjective absent If someone or something is absent from a place or situation where they should be or where they usually are, they are not there. 3
  • adjective absent If someone appears absent, they are not paying attention because they are thinking about something else. 3
  • adjective absent An absent parent does not live with his or her children. 3
  • verb absent 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. 3
  • preposition absent 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. 3
  • adjective absent away or not present 3

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Origin of absent

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin absent- (stem of absēns, present participle of abesse to be away (ab- ab- + -s- be (see is) + -ent- -ent))

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Parts of speech for Absent


absent popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 88% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

absent usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for absent

adj absent

  • away — If someone or something moves or is moved away from a place, they move or are moved so that they are no longer there. If you are away from a place, you are not in the place where people expect you to be.
  • removed — remote; separate; not connected with; distinct from.
  • vanished — to disappear from sight, especially quickly; become invisible: The frost vanished when the sun came out.
  • missing — Missing definition
  • ghost — the soul of a dead person, a disembodied spirit imagined, usually as a vague, shadowy or evanescent form, as wandering among or haunting living persons.

adverb absent

  • out — away from, or not in, the normal or usual place, position, state, etc.: out of alphabetical order; to go out to dinner.

verb absent

  • move out — an act or instance of moving; movement.
  • set forth — to put (something or someone) in a particular place: to set a vase on a table.
  • cut and run — to make a rapid escape
  • hit the bricks — a block of clay hardened by drying in the sun or burning in a kiln, and used for building, paving, etc.: traditionally, in the U.S., a rectangle 2.25 × 3.75 × 8 inches (5.7 × 9.5 × 20.3 cm), red, brown, or yellow in color.
  • go forth — military: set out

adjective absent

  • inattentive — not attentive; negligent.
  • preoccupied — completely engrossed in thought; absorbed.
  • vague — not clearly or explicitly stated or expressed: vague promises.
  • absent-minded — Someone who is absent-minded forgets things or does not pay attention to what they are doing, often because they are thinking about something else.
  • deficient — If someone or something is deficient in a particular thing, they do not have the full amount of it that they need in order to function normally or work properly.

noun absent

  • truant — a student who stays away from school without permission.

Antonyms for absent

adj absent

  • attending — having primary responsibility for a patient.
  • sufficient — adequate for the purpose; enough: sufficient proof; sufficient protection.
  • present — being, existing, or occurring at this time or now; current: increasing respect for the present ruler of the small country.
  • abundant — Something that is abundant is present in large quantities.
  • filled — to make full; put as much as can be held into: to fill a jar with water.

adverb absent

  • in — (used to indicate inclusion within space, a place, or limits): walking in the park.

adjective absent

  • alert — If you are alert, you are paying full attention to things around you and are able to deal with anything that might happen.

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