abscond

[ 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.

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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)

OTHER WORDS FROM abscond

ab·scond·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for abscond

abscond
/ (əbˈskɒnd) /

verb

(intr) to run away secretly, esp from an open institution or to avoid prosecution or punishment

Derived forms of abscond

absconder, noun

Word Origin for abscond

C16: from Latin abscondere to hide, put away, from abs- ab- 1 + condere to stow
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