absently


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. 2013.

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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 [ 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 — UK [ˈæbs(ə)ntlɪ] / US [ˈæbsəntlɪ] adverb in a way that shows you are thinking about something else or are not listening She gazed absently into the street …   English dictionary

  • 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


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