Adjective > Absent

Adjective – Absent

1 : not present at a usual or expected place

They were talking about absent friends. (=friends who were not there)

an absent father who is not home most of the time

The soldier was absent without leave. (=AWOL; absent without having permission to be absent)

Most of the executives attended the meeting, but the company president was conspicuously absent. (=conspicuous by his absence; it was very noticeable that the company president was not there)

— often + from

She was absent from work/school on three occasions.

2 : not present at all : not existing

a gene that occurs in mammals but that is absent in birds

a landscape in which vegetation is almost entirely absent

— sometimes + from

Vegetation is almost entirely absent from the landscape.

3 : always used before a noun : showing that a person is thinking about something else : showing a lack of attention to what is happening or being said

He made an absent reply to her question as he continued to watch the TV.

There was an absent (=distracted) look on her face.

absently adverb

He replied absently to her question.