absent absent  /ˈæb sənt/


  1. (v) go away or leave
  2. (adj) not being in a specified place
  3. (adj) nonexistent
  4. (adj) lost in thought; showing preoccupation

Derived Word(s)


  1. Absent parents, absent children: the theme of Ponyo.
  2. President Bush, Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz were conspicuously absent from Shinseki's retirement ceremony in 2003.
  3. On father's day, when Barack Obama assailed absent fathers as a critical source of suffering for black communities, he sought two political advantages for the price of one.


  1. Pagan carted off field in first rehab game

    Outfielder Angel Pagan, who has been absent from the Giants' lineup since May 25 with a strained left hamstring, had a setback during the first game of his rehab assignment with Class A San Jose at Stockton. Pagan was unable to run out a grounder to second base in the ninth inning and had to limp to first base before collapsing to the ground. A cart took Pagan off the field.
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Major League Baseball

  2. With 2 trustees absent, HISD delays vote on tax rate proposal

    With 2 trustees absent, HISD delays vote on tax rate proposal Houston Chronicle Copyright 2013 Houston Chronicle. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 8:56 pm, Thursday, June 20, 2013 The Houston school board on Thursday postponed a vote on the district's budget with two trustees absent and some concerned about supporting a ...
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Houston Chronicle

  3. Scott Brown to campaign with Gabriel Gomez

    Senator Scott P. Brown, largely absent from the Senate campaign trail after deciding not to run himself, will appear an election-eve really for Republican nominee Gabriel E. Gomez, a top Gomez campaign official said Thursday.        
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Boston Globe


  1. "I said, 'None of us are absent of some regrets ...... that's why we enjoy and seek the grace of God.' As I reflect on the full sweep of 92 years, it seems to me that his life bent toward justice," Obama said. "Robert Byrd possessed that...
    on Jul 2, 2010 By: Barack Obama Source: Detroit Free Press

  2. "It's huge that he's absent," John McCain told George Stephanopoulos, "not only because of my personal affection for him, but because I think the health-care reform might be in a very different place today."
    on Aug 26, 2009 By: John McCain Source: Washington Post

  3. "The financial markets are in quite fragile condition and I think absent a plan they will get worse," Bernanke said.
    on Sep 23, 2008 By: Ben Bernanke Source: guardian.co.uk

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languish languish
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