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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb absent:


The word absent is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the adjective absent

What does absent mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more absent / absenter |

  1. not being in a specified place
  2. nonexistent
  3. lost in thought; showing preoccupation

Alternative definition of the adjective absent


  1. Being away from a place; withdrawn from a place; not present.
  2. Not existing; lacking.
  3. Inattentive to what is passing; absent-minded; preoccupied.

Definition of the verb absent

What does absent mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: absented | absenting | absents

  1. go away or leave
    • example: He absented himself
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of absent: remove
    • more generic terms: disappear / go away / vanish = get lost, as without warning or explanation

Alternative definition of the verb absent


  1. [transitive, with reflexive pronoun] To go away from a place; to leave.
  2. [transitive, obsolete] To withhold from being present

Other definitions of absent

What does absent also mean?


  1. In the absence of; without.


  1. "Absent": Ausente is a 2011 Spanish-language drama film directed by Argentine director Marco Berger. The film tackles the notion of sexual abuse of students, but director Marco Berger flips the dynamic. In this film, a young man wants to lure his teacher into a sexual relationship, rather than the other way round.
  2. "Absent" is a 2008 horror, mystery and short film written and directed by Aaron Mento.
  3. "Absent" is a 2010 documentary film directed by Justin Hunt.
    • language: English Language
    • executive producers: Brad Dalley & Tanya Dalley
    • genre: Documentary film
    • released on (5 years ago)
  4. "Absent" is a short film, directed by Leandro Tadashi.


  1. "Absent" is a musical album of Adrian Berinde.
    • released in (21 years ago)
  2. "Absent" is a musical single of Mario Chamlee.
  3. "Absent" is a musical single of DJ AWOL.
    • released on (13 years ago)
  4. "Absent" is a musical album of Gregory Isaacs.
    • released on (15 years ago)
  5. "Absent" is a musical EP of Jodi Cave.
    • released on (9 years ago)


Absent is a musical group.

  • members:
  • albums: "At Your Convenience...", "Wasted Graffiti", "Everywhere but Anywhere", "Here We Aren't"

Phrases with Absent

  1. absent-minded
  2. Absent referent
  3. Absent-Mindedly
  4. Absent-mindedness
  5. Absent-minded professor
  6. Long Absent, Soon Forgotten

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Absent

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Environmental Science and Engineering, Fifth Edition, Volumes One and Two (2006)

by James R. Pfafflin, Edward N. Ziegler

Surface water criteria for public water supplies Constituent or characteristic Permissible criteria Desirable criteria Dissolved oxygen 5 5 75 do do Absent Virtually ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Epidemiology (2008)

by Sarah Boslaugh

The outcome variable Kyphosis is a binary variable with levels absent or present indicating if a kyphosis (a type of deformation) was present after the operation. The input variables include the age in months of the child, the number of vertebrae ...

Google previewDictionary of European Proverbs (2012)

by Emanuel Strauss

absent ones are always in the wrong French: 46 English: German: Dutch: Danish: Swedish: Icelandic: Latin: French: Walloon: Spanish: a) chose rarement est plus b) un peu d'absence grand bien a) absent ones are always in the wrong b) ...

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Quotes about Absent

Let no one be willing to speak ill of the absent. (Sextus Propertius, Elegies)
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Scrabble value of A1B3S1E1N1T1

The value of this 6-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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