absence noun

1 fact of not being present

ADJ. lengthy, long, prolonged | brief, temporary | unauthorized

QUANT. period, spell You will not be paid for the full period of absence.

PREP. during/in sb's ~ (= while sb is not there) My father did all the cooking in my mother's absence. | ~ from absence from work

PHRASES conspicuous/notable by your absence (= very obviously absent when you ought to be present) When it came to clearing up afterwards, Anne was conspicuous by her absence. | leave of absence (= permission to be absent) He asked for leave of absence from the army.

2 lack

ADJ. complete, total | virtual | conspicuous, notable a conspicuous absence of evidence

PREP. in the ~ of In the absence of stone, most houses in the area are built of wood.