|Origin:||Latin, present participle of abesse, from ab- 'away' + esse 'to be'|
not at work, school, a meeting etc, because you are sick or decide not to go [≠ present]
students who are regularly absent from school
if someone or something is absent, they are missing or not in the place where they are expected to be
plans to force absent fathers to pay child maintenance
Local women were conspicuously absent (=obviously not there) from the meeting.
3 [only before noun]
a look etc that shows you are not paying attention to or thinking about what is happening [↪ absently]:
The dull, absent look on her face implied boredom.