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Definition of ABSENT

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Absent \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 Being away from a place; withdrawn from a place; not present.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. [1913 Webster]

     2. Not existing; lacking; as, the part was rudimental or absent. [1913 Webster]

     3. Inattentive to what is passing; absent-minded; preoccupied; as, an absent air. [1913 Webster]

              What is commonly called an absent man is commonly either a very weak or a very affected man.
                                                    --Chesterfield. [1913 Webster]

     Syn: {Absent}, {Abstracted}.

     Usage: These words both imply a lack 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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Absent \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. [1913 Webster]

              If after due summons any member absents himself, he is to be fined.                       --Addison. [1913 Webster]

     2. To withhold from being present. [Obs.] "Go; for thy stay, not free, absents thee more." --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

65 Moby Thesaurus words for "absent":
     absconded, absentminded, absorbed, abstracted, away, bemused, castle-building, daydreaming, daydreamy, deficient, deleted, departed, disappeared, distrait, dreaming, dreamy, drowsing, ecstatic, elsewhere, engrossed, faraway, forgetful, gone, half-awake, heedless, in a reverie, in the clouds, keep away from, lacking, lost, lost in thought, meditative, missing, mooning, moonraking, museful, musing, napping, no longer present, nodding, nonattendant, nonexistent, not found, not present, oblivious, off, omitted, out, out of sight, pensive, pipe-dreaming, preoccupied, rapt, somewhere else, stargazing, subtracted, taken away, taken up, transported, unconscious, vanished, wanting, withdraw from, woolgathering, wrapped in thought


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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