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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 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 for abscond

Other words from abscond

  • ab·scond·er, noun

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How to use abscond in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for abscond


/ (əbˈskɒnd) /

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

Origin of abscond

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

Derived forms of abscond

  • absconder, noun

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