(reflexive) To keep (oneself) away. (transitive, archaic) To keep (someone) away. (intransitive, obsolete) Stay away; withdraw. (transitive, rare) Leave.
1.not in a certain place at a given time; away, missing (opposed to present), absent from class.
2.lacking; nonexistent, Revenge is absent from his mind.
3.not attentive; preoccupied; absent-minded, an absent look on his face.
4.to take or keep (oneself) away, to absent oneself from a meeting.
5.in the absence of; without, Absent some catastrophe, stock-market prices should soon improve.
1. away or not present
2. lacking; missing
3. inattentive; absent-minded verb (æbˈsɛnt)
4. (transitive) to remove (oneself) or keep away Derived Formsabsenter, noun Word OriginC14, from Latin absent-, stem of absēns, present participle of abesse to be awayCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
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.
"to keep away" (from), c.1400, from Middle French absenter, from Late Latin absentare "cause to be away," from Latin absentem (see absent (adj.)). Related, Absented; absenting.
"in the absence of," 1944, principally from U.S. legal use, from absent (v.).
Felipa nodded, her gaze becoming absent again.
The left side of Howie's head was absent hair and a series of three dark scars were visible.
Glancing through the open door of the adjoining room where I'd left Howie, I found it not only empty, but absent of Quinn's equipment as well!
The open road, absent all responsibilities, looked inviting—if the rules allowed him to take Cynthia along in the cart.
She dropped a note into the absent secretary.s inbox then went to the first basement level, which housed supplies, clothing, and other essentials in the form of small department stores whose wares were free to all Immortals.
The correspondence was stiff and formal and said little, certainly nothing about the town of Ouray and was totally absent any tidbits of historical nature.
Absent these most general distinctions, color was her only detailed observation.
It was like a high school scavenger hunt, absent the babes and fun.
"Hilden and Bastion announced it this morning while you and Sirian were absent," he told her.
Did he need order in his world, because he was like Ashley, creative and absent-minded?
A law of 1879, which deprived of citizenship all Hungarians who had voluntarily been absent ten years, was a.
Miss Keller talks to herself absent-mindedly in the manual alphabet.
An honest, hard-working, but shiftless man plainly was John Field; and his wife, she too was brave to cook so many successive dinners in the recesses of that lofty stove; with round greasy face and bare breast, still thinking to improve her condition one day; with the never absent mop in one hand, and yet no effects of it visible anywhere.
Princess Mary turned with absent-minded questioning look to Pierre, who hat in hand and with a smile on his face was the last of the guests to approach her after the old prince had gone out and they were left alone in the drawing room.
In spite of his absent-mindedness and good nature, Pierre's personality immediately checked any attempt to ridicule him to his face.
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