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Absent

Absent Meaning & Definition
Absent Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of Absent?

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

Synonyms | Synonyms for Absent: absentminded | abstracted | away(p) | awol | departed(a) | devoid | gone(p) | inattentive | lacking(p) | missing | nonexistent | remove | scatty | truant | wanting(a)

Related Terms | Find terms related to 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

See Also | disappear | go away | vanish

Absent In Webster's Dictionary

\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 Being away from a place; withdrawn from a place; not present.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 absent. 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. --Chesterfield. 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.
\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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