Abscond definition

ăb-skŏnd
To go away hastily and secretly; run away and hide, esp. in order to escape the law.
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(intransitive) To withdraw from. [From mid 16th century.]
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(intransitive, reflexive, archaic) To hide, to be in hiding or concealment.
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(intransitive, reflexive) To flee, often secretly; to steal away, particularly to avoid arrest or prosecution. [From mid 16th century.]
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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.

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To evade, to hide or flee from.

The captain absconded his responsibility.

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To leave quickly and secretly and hide oneself, often to avoid arrest or prosecution.
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The definition of abscond means to leave secretly and quickly.

An example of abscond would be a prisoner escaping from jail.

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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.
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To leave a location, often in a hurry, with money or property of another.
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Origin of abscond

  • Latin abscondere to hide abs-, ab- away ab–1 condere to put dhē- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Cognate with sconce (“a type of light fixture”).

    From Wiktionary