intransitive verb Etymology: Latin abscondere to hide away, from abs- + condere to store up, conceal — more at condiment Date: circa 1578 to depart secretly and hide oneselfabsconder noun

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  • abscond — ab·scond /ab skänd, əb / vi: to depart secretly: withdraw and hide oneself; specif: to evade the legal process of a court by hiding within or secretly leaving its jurisdiction abscond ed with the funds abscond from New York abscond to Canada… …   Law dictionary

  • Abscond — Ab*scond , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Absconded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Absconding}.] [L. abscondere to hide; ab, abs + condere to lay up; con + d[a^]re (only in comp.) to put. Cf. {Do}.] 1. To hide, withdraw, or be concealed. [1913 Webster] The marmot… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Abscond — Ab*scond , v. t. To hide; to conceal. [Obs.] Bentley. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abscond — (v.) 1560s, from M.Fr. abscondre and directly from L. abscondere to hide, conceal, put out of sight, from ab(s) away (see AB (Cf. ab )) + condere put together, store, from com together (see COM (Cf. com )) + dere …   Etymology dictionary

  • abscond — decamp, flee, fly, *escape Analogous words: depart, leave, quit, *go Antonyms: give (oneself) up Contrasted words: stay, wait, remain, abide: confess, *acknowledge …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • abscond — [v] run away, depart secretly beat it*, bolt*, break, clear out*, cut and run*, decamp, disappear, dog it*, duck out, escape, fade*, flee, fly the coop*, get, go AWOL*, go south*, hightail*, jump*, leave, make a break*, make off, make scarce*,… …   New thesaurus

  • abscond — ► VERB ▪ leave hurriedly and secretly to escape from custody or avoid arrest. DERIVATIVES absconder noun. ORIGIN Latin abscondere hide …   English terms dictionary

  • abscond — [ab skänd′, əbskänd′] vi. [L abscondere < ab(s) , from, away + condere, to hide: see RECONDITE] to go away hastily and secretly; run away and hide, esp. in order to escape the law absconder n …   English World dictionary

  • abscond — ab|scond [əbˈskɔnd, æb US æbˈska:nd] v [i]formal [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: abscondere, from abs away + condere to hide ] 1.) to escape from a place where you are being kept abscond from ▪ The boy absconded from a children s home. 2.) to… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • abscond — UK [əbˈskɒnd] / US [əbˈskɑnd] verb [intransitive] Word forms abscond : present tense I/you/we/they abscond he/she/it absconds present participle absconding past tense absconded past participle absconded formal 1) to escape from a place where you… …   English dictionary

  • abscond — verb /əbˈskɒnd,əbˈskɑnd/ a) To hide; to withdraw; to be concealed : ... that very homesickness which, in regular armies, drives so many recruits to abscond at the risk of stripes and of death. b) To depart secretly; to steal away, particularly to …   Wiktionary

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