absent Definition

  • 1not present in a place, at an occasion, or as part of something
  • 2showing a lack of attention to what is happening or being said; preoccupied

Using absent: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "absent" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He was absent from the meeting.

  • Example

    Her mind was absent during the lecture.

  • Example

    The teacher marked him absent for the day.

  • Example

    Absent any further objections, we will proceed with the plan.

absent Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with absent

  • a military term used to describe a soldier who is absent from duty without permission


    He was punished for going AWOL and leaving his post without permission.

  • absent-minded

    tending to forget things or be unaware of one's surroundings


    She's so absent-minded that she forgets her keys every day.

  • a way for voters to cast their vote when they are unable to go to the polling station on election day


    He submitted an absentee ballot since he was out of town on election day.

Origins of absent

from Latin 'absent-', meaning 'being away'


Summary: absent in Brief

The term 'absent' [ˈæbsənt] refers to not being present in a place, at an occasion, or as part of something. It can also mean showing a lack of attention or preoccupation. Examples include 'He was absent from the meeting' and 'Her mind was absent during the lecture.' Phrases like 'absent without leave (AWOL)' and 'absentee ballot' extend the term to military and political contexts.