WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
AWOL /pronounced as initials, or as ˈeɪwɔl, ˈeɪwɑl/USA pronunciation  adj. 
  1. absent without leave;
    away from military duties without permission, but without the intention of deserting.

  1. into AWOL status:He's gone AWOL.

n. [countable]
  1. a soldier who is AWOL.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

AWOL /ˈeɪwɒl/, A.W.O.L. adj
  1. absent without leave; absent from one's post or duty without official permission but without intending to desert

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