in someone's absence

in someone's absence
1 : while someone is away

The study was completed in her absence.

2 : in the place of someone who is not present

He was asked to speak in his brother's absence.

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Main Entry:absence

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  • absence */*/*/ — UK [ˈæbs(ə)ns] / US [ˈæbsəns] noun Word forms absence : singular absence plural absences 1) a) [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… …   English dictionary

  • absence — ab|sence [ æbsəns ] noun ** 1. ) count 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. in someone s absence (=while someone is not there):… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • absence — [[t]æ̱bs(ə)ns[/t]] ♦♦♦ absences 1) N VAR: with supp Someone s absence from a place is the fact that they are not there. ...a bundle of letters which had arrived for me in my absence... Eleanor would later blame her mother in law for her husband s …   English dictionary

  • absence — ab‧sence [ˈæbsns] noun [countable, uncountable] HUMAN RESOURCES when a person is not at work, for example because they are ill: • Evelyn took charge in his absence. • The work of the department suffered because of her frequent absences. ˌleave… …   Financial and business terms

  • absence — noun 1 (C, U) the fact that someone is not in the place where people expect them to be: in/during sb s absence (=while they are away): Ms Leighton will be in charge during my absence. 2 (U) the lack of something or the fact that it does not exist …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • absence — ab|sence W2S3 [ˈæbsəns] n 1.) [U and C] when you are not in the place where people expect you to be, or the time that you are away in/during sb s absence ▪ Ms Leighton will be in charge during my absence (=while I am away) . absence from ▪ Her… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • absence*/ — [ˈæbs(ə)ns] noun 1) [C/U] a time when someone is not where they should be or where they usually are We are concerned about your child s frequent absences from school.[/ex] Mark will be in charge in my absence (= while I am away).[/ex] 2) [U] the… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • Absence makes the heart grow fonder. — something that you say which means being apart from someone that you love makes you love them even more. My boyfriend s going to South America and I won t see him for six months. Ah well, absence makes the heart grow fonder …   New idioms dictionary

  • Evidence of absence — Not to be confused with absence of evidence. An empty field. If our hypothesis was that elephants would be present, we do not merely lack evidence, but instead possess evidence of absence. Evidence of absence is evidence of any kind that suggests …   Wikipedia

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