1. adjective [usu v-link ADJ] If someone in the Armed Forces goes AWOL, they leave their post without the permission of a superior officer. AWOL is an abbreviation for 'absent without leave'. ⇒ The troops went AWOL to express their complaints about the camp. 2. adjective [usu v-link ADJ] If you say that someone has gone AWOL, you mean that they have disappeared without telling anyone where they were going. [informal] ⇒ His real father had gone AWOL about 17 years earlier, and after that his mother had remarried.
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