from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Not present; missing: absent friends; absent parents.
- adj. Not existent; lacking: a country in which morality is absent.
- adj. Exhibiting or feeling inattentiveness: an absent nod.
- transitive v. To keep (oneself) away: They absented themselves from the debate.
- prep. Without: "Absent a legislative fix, this is an invitation for years of litigation” ( Brian E. O'Neill).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Being away from a place; withdrawn from a place; not present.
- adj. Not existing; lacking.
- adj. Inattentive to what is passing; absent-minded; preoccupied.
- transitive v. To take or withdraw (one's self) to such a distance as to prevent intercourse; -- used with the reflexive pronoun.
- transitive v. To withhold from being present.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not in a certain place at a given time; not in consciousness or thought at a certain time; away: opposed to present.
- Not existing; wanting; not forming a part or attribute of: as, among them refinement is absent; revenge is entirely absent from his mind.
- Absent-minded (which see).
- n. One who is not present; an absentee.
- To make absent; take or keep away: now used only reflexively, but formerly sometimes otherwise, as by Milton: as, to absent one's self from home; he absented himself from the meeting.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. lost in thought; showing preoccupation
- adj. not being in a specified place
- adj. nonexistent
- v. go away or leave
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin absēns, absent-, present participle of abesse, to be away : ab-, away; see ab-1 + esse, to be; see es- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French absenter, from Late Latin absentare ("keep away, be away"). (Wiktionary)