- UK [ˈæbs(ə)ntlɪ] / US [ˈæbsəntlɪ]
in a way that shows you are thinking about something else or are not listening
She gazed absently into the street.
English dictionary. 2014.
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Absently — Ab sent*ly, adv. In an absent or abstracted manner. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
absently — [ab′sənt lē] adv. in an absent or preoccupied manner; inattentively … English World dictionary
absently — adv. Absently is used with these verbs: ↑gaze, ↑murmur, ↑nod, ↑pick, ↑reply, ↑rub, ↑say, ↑scratch, ↑stare, ↑stroke, ↑watch … Collocations dictionary
absently — ab|sent|ly [ˈæbsəntli] adv in a way that shows that you are not paying attention to or thinking about what is happening ▪ Laura gazed absently out of the window … Dictionary of contemporary English
absently — ab|sent|ly [ æbsəntli ] adverb in a way that shows you are thinking about something else or are not listening: She gazed absently into the street … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
absently — adverb in a way that shows that you are not paying attention to or thinking about what is happening: Laura gazed absently out of the window … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
absently — absent ► ADJECTIVE 1) not present. 2) showing a lack of attention. ► VERB (absent oneself) ▪ stay or go away. DERIVATIVES absently adverb. ORIGIN from Latin abesse to be away … English terms dictionary
absently — adverb in an absentminded or preoccupied manner (Freq. 6) he read the letter absently • Syn: ↑abstractedly, ↑inattentively, ↑absentmindedly • Derived from adjective: ↑absentminded ( … Useful english dictionary
absently — adverb see absent I … New Collegiate Dictionary
absently — /ab seuhnt lee/, adv. in an absent minded manner; inattentively. [1870 75; ABSENT + LY] * * * … Universalium