(noun, adjective, verb, preposition)


1. not being in a specified place

Similar word(s): away, introuvable, awol, truant

2. nonexistent

- the thumb is absent

Similar word(s): nonexistent, lacking, missing, wanting

3. lost in thought; showing preoccupation

- an absent stare

- an absentminded professor

Similar word(s): absentminded, abstracted, scatty

Sentences with absent as an adjective:

- The part was rudimental or absent.


1. (obsolete) Absentee; a person who is away on occasion. [Attested from around 1350 to 1470 until the early 19th century.]


1. (law) In the absence of; without. [First attested in the mid 20th century.]


1. go away or leave

- He absented himself

Similar word(s): remove

Definition categories: change, disappear, vanish