- The definition of abscond means to leave secretly and quickly.
An example of abscond would be a prisoner escaping from jail.
Origin of abscondClassical Latin abscondere ; from ab(s)-, from, away + condere, to hide: see recondite
intransitive verbab·scond·ed, ab·scond·ing, ab·sconds
Origin of abscondLatin abscondere, to hide : abs-, ab-, away; see ab–1 + condere, to put; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present absconds, present participle absconding, simple past and past participle absconded)
- (intransitive, reflexive, archaic) To hide, to be in hiding or concealment.
- (intransitive, reflexive) To flee, often secretly; to steal away, particularly to avoid arrest or prosecution. [From mid 16th century.]
- (intransitive) To withdraw from. [From mid 16th century.]
- 1684, John Esquemeling, Henry Powell, The Buccaneers of America, published 2010, page 161:
- They examined every prisoner by himself (who were in all about two hundred and fifty persons) where they had absconded the rest of their goods
- To evade, to hide or flee from.
- The captain absconded his responsibility
abscond - Legal Definition
- To secretly or suddenly leave a place or to go into hiding, especially to avoid arrest, prosecution, the service of a summons or other legal process, or an action by a creditor.
- To leave a location, often in a hurry, with money or property of another.