ab·sent /ˈæbsṇt/ 形容詞
缺席的, 不在的, 缺乏的, 漫不經心的
ab·sent /ˈæbsṇt/ 動詞
Ab·sent v. t. [imp. & p. p. Absented; p. pr. & vb. n. Absenting.]
1. To take or withdraw (one's self) to such a distance as to prevent intercourse; -- used with the reflexive pronoun.
If after due summons any member absents himself, he is to be fined. --Addison.
2. To withhold from being present. [Obs.] “Go; for thy stay, not free, absents thee more.”
1. Being away from a place; withdrawn from a place; not present. “Expecting absent friends.”
2. Not existing; lacking; as, the part was rudimental or absent.
3. Inattentive to what is passing; absent-minded; preoccupied; as, an absent air.
What is commonly called an absent man is commonly either a very weak or a very affected man. --Chesterfield.
Syn: -- Absent, Abstracted.
Usage: These words both imply a lack of attention to surrounding objects. We speak of a man as absent when his thoughts wander unconsciously from present scenes or topics of discourse; we speak of him as abstracted when his mind (usually for a brief period) is drawn off from present things by some weighty matter for reflection. Absence of mind is usually the result of loose habits of thought; abstraction commonly arises either from engrossing interests and cares, or from unfortunate habits of association.
adj 1: not in a specified place physically or mentally [ant: present]
2: lost in thought; showing preoccupation; "an absent stare";
"an absentminded professer"; "the scatty glancing quality
of a hyperactive but unfocused intelligence" [syn: absentminded,
v : go away or leave; "He absented himself" [syn: remove]