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abscond

[ab-skond] /æbˈskɒnd/
verb (used without object)
1.
to depart in a sudden and secret manner, especially to avoid capture and legal prosecution:
The cashier absconded with the money.
Origin
1605-1615
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
Synonyms
decamp, bolt.
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  • If the tag moves too far from the base station, a call goes to the authorities saying their prisoner has absconded.
  • And since letters sometimes took months to deliver, the derelict postman would have absconded long since, anyway.
  • They dismantled the light fixtures, ripped out wiring and absconded with the cash registers, even as television cameras rolled.
British Dictionary definitions for absconded

abscond

/əbˈskɒnd/
verb
1.
(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 absconded

abscond

v.

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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