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noun absence pronunciation in British English /ˈæbs(ə)ns/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a period of time when someone is not where they should be or where they usually are
    His frequent and prolonged absences were making his wife suspicious.
    absence from: He returns to the England team after a long absence from international football.
    in someone’s absence (=while someone is not there): Mark will be in charge in my absence.
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    1. a.
      a period of time when someone is not at work or at school when they should be
      We are concerned about your child’s frequent absences.
  2. 2
    [singular/uncountable] the fact of something not existing or not being present
    absence of: a complete absence of humour
    in the absence of something: In the absence of any contrary agreement, the firm accepts full liability.


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