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absent

ab·sent

absent

 
 
parts of speech:
adjective, transitive verb
features:
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part of speech: adjective
pronunciation: aeb snt
definition 1: not in the expected or required place.
The flu caused many employees to be absent last month.Why were you absent from school yesterday?The old clock was now absent from its familiar place on the wall.
synonyms:
gone
antonyms:
present
similar words:
away, missing, off, out, truant
definition 2: inattentive.
He looked at the professor, but his mind remained absent.
synonyms:
faraway, inattentive, oblivious
antonyms:
attentive
similar words:
absent-minded, absorbed, distracted, preoccupied, thoughtless, unthinking
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part of speech: transitive verb
pronunciation: aeb sent
inflections: absents, absenting, absented
definition: to take (oneself) away.
Claiming that he was ill, he absented himself from the meeting.
antonyms:
present
similar words:
excuse, exempt, leave, remove, retire, withdraw
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derivations: absently (adv.), absentness (n.)
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