absent

Absent means not there. If you absent yourself from class, you're marked as absent. If you have an absent parent, it means they don't live with you or take part in your care.

Absent can also describe a state of mind, meaning "not all there" or "lost in thought." If you are absent from class on a test day, you will have to explain your absence, unless your teacher is so absent minded she forgets and just gives you an A.

Definitions of absent
  1. adjective
    not being in a specified place
    Synonyms:
    away
    not present; having left
    introuvable
    impossible to find
    awol, truant
    absent without permission
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    Antonyms:
    present
    being or existing in a specified place
    attendant
    being present (at meeting or event etc.) "attendant members of the congreation"
    ever-present
    being always present
    existing
    existing in something specified
    here
    being here now
    naturally occurring
    existing by nature and without artificial aid
    omnipresent, ubiquitous
    being present everywhere at once
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  2. adjective
    nonexistent
    “the thumb is absent
    synonyms: lacking, missing, wanting
    nonexistent
    not having existence or being or actuality
  3. adjective
    lost in thought; showing preoccupation
    “an absent stare”
    synonyms: absentminded, abstracted, scatty
    inattentive
    showing a lack of attention or care
  4. verb
    go away or leave
    “He absented himself”
    synonyms: remove
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    type of:
    disappear, go away, vanish
    get lost, as without warning or explanation
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