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Meaning of ABSENT

Pronunciation:  [adj]'absunt, [v]ab'sent, 'absunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  lost in thought; showing preoccupation; "an absent stare"; "an absentminded professer"; "the scatty glancing quality of a hyperactive but unfocused intelligence"
  2. [adj]  not in a specified place physically or mentally
  3. [v]  go away or leave; "He absented himself"

ABSENT is a 6 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: absentminded, abstracted, away(p), awol, departed(a), devoid, gone(p), inattentive, lacking(p), missing, nonexistent, remove, scatty, truant, wanting(a)
 Antonyms: present
 See Also: disappear, go away, vanish



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ab"sent\, a. [F., fr. absens, absentis, p. pr. of abesse
    to be away from; ab + esse to be. Cf. {Sooth}.]
    1. Being away from a place; withdrawn from a place; not
       present. ``Expecting absent friends.'' --Shak.
    2. Not existing; lacking; as, the part was rudimental or
    3. Inattentive to what is passing; absent-minded;
       preoccupied; as, an absent air.
             What is commonly called an absent man is commonly
             either a very weak or a very affected man.
    Syn: {Absent}, {Abstracted}.
    Usage: These words both imply a want of attention to
           surrounding objects. We speak of a man as absent when
           his thoughts wander unconsciously from present scenes
           or topics of discourse; we speak of him as abstracted
           when his mind (usually for a brief period) is drawn
           off from present things by some weighty matter for
           reflection. Absence of mind is usually the result of
           loose habits of thought; abstraction commonly arises
           either from engrossing interests and cares, or from
           unfortunate habits of association.
  2. \Ab*sent"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Absented}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Absenting}.] [Cf. F. absenter.]
    1. To take or withdraw (one's self) to such a distance as to
       prevent intercourse; -- used with the reflexive pronoun.
             If after due summons any member absents himself, he
             is to be fined.                       --Addison.
    2. To withhold from being present. [Obs.] ``Go; for thy stay,
       not free, absents thee more.'' --Milton.
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