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noun absence pronunciation in British English /ˈæbs(ə)ns/
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singularabsence
pluralabsences
  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.

  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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