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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-suh n-tee]
    • /ˌæb sənˈti/
    • /ˌæb.sənˈtiː/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-suh n-tee]
    • /ˌæb sənˈti/

Definitions of absentee word

  • countable noun absentee An absentee is a person who is expected to be in a particular place but who is not there. 3
  • adjective absentee Absentee is used to describe someone who is not there to do a particular job in person. 3
  • adjective absentee In elections in the United States, if you vote by absentee ballot or if you are an absentee voter, you vote in advance because you will be away. 3
  • noun absentee a person who is absent 3
  • noun absentee (as modifier) 3
  • noun absentee a person who is absent, as from work, school, etc. 3

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Origin of absentee

First appearance:

before 1530
One of the 29% oldest English words
First recorded in 1530-40; absent + -ee

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Parts of speech for Absentee


absentee popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 89% 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".

absentee usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for absentee

adj absentee

  • remote — far apart; far distant in space; situated at some distance away: the remote jungles of Brazil.
  • 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.
  • distant — far off or apart in space; not near at hand; remote or removed (often followed by from): a distant place; a town three miles distant from here.
  • oblivious — unmindful; unconscious; unaware (usually followed by of or to): She was oblivious of his admiration.

noun absentee

  • truant — a student who stays away from school without permission.
  • defaulter — A defaulter is someone who does not do something that they are legally supposed to do, such as make a payment at a particular time, or appear in a court of law.
  • runaway — a person who runs away; fugitive; deserter.
  • absconder — to depart in a sudden and secret manner, especially to avoid capture and legal prosecution: The cashier absconded with the money.

Antonyms for absentee

noun absentee

  • attendee — The attendees at something such as a meeting or a conference are the people who are attending it.

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