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absence

ab·sence

absence

 
pronunciation:
aeb sns
part of speech: noun
definition 1: the fact or condition of being away or not present.
After John's third absence, the teacher called his father.An old proverb says, "absence makes the heart grow fonder."
antonyms:
attendance, presence
similar words:
leave, truancy
definition 2: a length of time of being away.
After an absence of two weeks, the neighbors returned from their beach trip.
similar words:
leave
definition 3: the state of not having; lack.
I noticed the absence of games and toys in the little girl's room.
synonyms:
lack
similar words:
need, want