Absence is the state of not being someplace, like school. It can also refer to the amount of time something has been, or plans to be gone.

We most commonly think of absence as the opposite of present in places school, but really it can refer to anything that's missing or something that's lacking. Darkness is an absence of light, and cold is an absence of heat. The figure of speech "absence makes the heart grow fonder" means "when my beloved isn't here, my feelings for them get even stronger" or "when something's gone, you want it even more."

Definitions of absence
  1. noun
    the state of being absent
    “he was surprised by the absence of any explanation”
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    the state of being present; current existence
    absence by virtue of not occurring
    the state of being elsewhere than in particular place
    type of:
    deficiency, lack, want
    the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable
  2. noun
    failure to be present
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    the act of being present
    an unexcused absence from class
    loss due to not showing up
    habitual absence from work
    type of:
    the failure to attend
  3. noun
    the time interval during which something or somebody is away
    “he visited during my absence
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    type of:
    interval, time interval
    a definite length of time marked off by two instants
  4. noun
    the occurrence of an abrupt, transient loss or impairment of consciousness (which is not subsequently remembered), sometimes with light twitching, fluttering eyelids, etc.; common in petit mal epilepsy
    synonyms: absence seizure
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    complex absence
    an absence seizure accompanied by other abnormalities (atonia or automatisms or vasomotor changes)
    pure absence, simple absence
    an absence seizure without other complications; followed by 3-per-sec brainwave spikes
    subclinical absence
    a transient impairment of cortical function demonstrable only by 3-per-second brainwave spikes
    type of:
    ictus, raptus, seizure
    a sudden occurrence (or recurrence) of a disease
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