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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
ab•sence /ˈæbsəns/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. the state of being away or not being present:[uncountable]Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
  2. [countable] a period of time of being away: an absence of several weeks.
  3. [uncountable] lack;
    deficiency: the absence of proof.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ab•sence  (absəns),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. state of being away or not being present:I acted as supervisor in his absence. Your absence was noted on the records.
  2. period of being away:an absence of several weeks.
  3. failure to attend or appear when expected.
  4. lack;
    deficiency:the absence of proof.
  5. inattentiveness;
    absent-mindedness:absence of mind.
  • Latin absentia. See absent, -ia
  • Middle French
  • Middle English 1350–1400
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged presence.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
absence /ˈæbsəns/ n
  1. the state of being away
  2. the time during which a person or thing is away
  3. the fact of being without something; lack
Etymology: 14th Century: via Old French from Latin absentia, from absēns a being away
'absence' also found in these entries:
Collocations: in the absence of all [competition, opposition], will be the [director, president] in her absence, [teaching the class, leading the department] in his absence, more...

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