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abscond

[ ab-skond ]
/ æbˈskɒnd /
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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

First recorded in 1605–15; from 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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