Meaning of absentee in English:


Pronunciation /ˌabs(ə)nˈtiː/

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  • 1A person who is expected or required to be present at a place or event but is not.

    ‘an absentee from the match’
    • ‘absentee pupils’
    • ‘Asked yesterday why 38 of the party's 163 MPs were not present, Mrs May said the absentees all had ‘good reasons’.’
    • ‘Of that team, there may be some notable absentees for the England match.’
    • ‘If teachers spent much time chasing absentees, it would be at the expense of those pupils who have turned up for lessons.’
    • ‘One defeat in eight matches isn't bad for a side whose list of absentees is even longer than Newcastle's.’
    • ‘Support of the majority of all MEPs is required to make changes, including absentees.’
    • ‘The vote was 96-2, and the two absentees regrettably were Kerry and Edwards.’
    • ‘Despite the absentees, Easingwold won by 62 runs.’
    • ‘A biting wind and swirling snow kept attendance low and meant that the absentees missed an evening of sparkling music from the Duke Ellington Orchestra.’
    • ‘Many were absentees living comfortably in the south.’
    • ‘Under the new contracts for teachers, they will be entitled to time away from pupils while support staff take on tasks such as collecting dinner money and chasing absentees.’
    • ‘He believes that most of the absentees were excused.’
    • ‘The final score denied Carlow a win they deserved, but given their absentees, they should be very pleased with their second half performance.’
    • ‘But those players aren't guaranteed to keep their places as no less then seven absentees from Monday's derby at Victory Park are set to return.’
    • ‘The absentees included Laurence and John Hurney, Derek Hayes, John Foley, John Phelan, and Colin Keane.’
    • ‘There are notable absentees from other cities, too.’
    • ‘She received her usual score or more of cards from relatives and friends, and there were the usual absentees - their cards would arrive a day or two later.’
    • ‘There were not high numbers of absentees at the school but the bugs seemed to be striking the same people, especially staff, she said.’
    • ‘There were also four Conservative absentees and one Labour.’
    • ‘The national target was a 10 per cent drop in the levels of absentees.’
    • ‘He placed absentees under suspension with immediate effect pending inquiry.’
    1. 1.1US as modifier Denoting or relating to a system of voting in which voters who are unable to be present at the polls complete their ballot papers and typically submit them by post in advance of an election.
      ‘election officials are predicting absentee voting will become even more popular in the future’
      • ‘they vouched for new policies that would require absentee voters to submit photo identification’