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[ab-skond] /æbˈskɒnd/
verb (used without object)
to depart in a sudden and secret manner, especially to avoid capture and legal prosecution:
The cashier absconded with the money.
Origin of abscond
1605-15; < Latin abscondere to hide or stow away, equivalent to abs- abs- + condere to stow (con- con- + -dere to put; see do1)
Related forms
absconder, noun
decamp, bolt. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for abscond
  • Alas, soon her new friends are attacked by phantoms that destroy their homes and abscond with their possessions.
  • Souder, that the salesman had absconded with their money and never recorded the deeds.
  • Oh, if you abscond with someone else's minion, you'd better watch out.
  • Then they refinance and abscond with the owners' equity.
  • Only a small number are held in secure environments: those who would either abscond or pose threats to security.
  • But they typically abscond with the rest, squandering it on personal expenses or high-flying life styles.
  • The measures of recidivism were return to prison as a violator or abscond from parole.
  • The perpetrators, often in collusion with the settlement attorney, abscond with all of the equity at closing.
British Dictionary definitions for abscond


(intransitive) to run away secretly, esp from an open institution or to avoid prosecution or punishment
Derived Forms
absconder, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin abscondere to hide, put away, from abs-ab-1 + condere to stow
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Word Origin and History for abscond

1560s, from Middle French abscondre and directly from Latin abscondere "to hide, conceal, put out of sight," from ab(s)- "away" (see ab-) + condere "put together, store," from com- "together" (see com-) + dere "put," from PIE *dhe- "to put, place, make" (see factitious). The notion is of "to hide oneself," especially to escape debt or the law. Related: Absconded; absconder; absconding.

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