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abscond

[ab-skond]
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.
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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)
Related formsab·scond·er, noun

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Related Words for absconding

break, hightail, fade, skedaddle, get, jump, scram, quit, leave, decamp, bolt, slip, escape, vanish, flee, vamoose, disappear, split

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British Dictionary definitions for absconding

abscond

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

Word Origin for abscond

C16: from Latin abscondere to hide, put away, from abs- ab- 1 + condere to stow
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Word Origin and History for absconding

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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