What does the word absence mean?

Usage examples for absence

  1. I came to get nine months' leave of absence for myself and all those whose time is not up. – Land of the Burnt Thigh by Edith Eudora Kohl
  2. During my absence Mimi had been moved to another ward. – Bohemians of the Latin Quarter by Henry Murger
  3. Conviction came to her slowly with the passing of time, and the absence of any word from him. – The Stronger Influence by F.E. Mills Young