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Absent (verb)

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To Abse'nt. v.a. To withdraw, to forbear to come into presence.

If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart,
Absent thee from felicity a while,
And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain,
To tell my tale.
Shakespeare's Hamlet.

But if thou think'st trial unsought may find
Us both securer, than thus warn'd though seem'st,
Go — for thy stay, not free, absents thee more.
Milton's Paradise Lost, b. ix. l. 372

Tho' I am forc'd, thus to absent myself
From all I love, I shall contrive some means,
Some friendly intervals, to visit thee.
Southern's Spartan Dame.

The Arengo, however, is still called together in cases of extraordinary importance; and if, after due summons, any member absents himself, he is to be fined to the value of about a penny English. Addison's Remarks on Italy.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Shakespeare's Hamlet (60) · Milton, John (449) · Southerne, Thomas (4)

Attributes: Verb Active (289)

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