Simple Definition of abscond
: to go away or escape from a place secretly
: to go away and take something that does not belong to you
Full Definition of abscond
: to depart secretly and hide oneself
Examples of abscond in a sentence
The suspect absconded to Canada.
Several prisoners absconded from the jail.
Did You Know?
First appearing in English in the 16th century, abscond derives from Latin abscondere, meaning "to hide away," a product of the prefix ab- and condere, a verb meaning "to conceal." (Condere is also the root for recondite, a word meaning "concealed" as well as "hard to understand" or "obscure.") In general usage, abscond refers to any act of running away and hiding (usually from the law and often with funds), but, in legal circles, the word is used specifically when someone who has already become the focus of a legal proceeding hides or takes off in order to evade the legal process (as in "absconded from parole").
Origin of abscond
Latin abscondere to hide away, from abs- + condere to store up, conceal — more at condiment
First Known Use: circa 1578
Legal Definition of abscond
: to depart secretly : withdraw and hide oneself; specifically : to evade the legal process of a court by hiding within or secretly leaving its jurisdiction <absconded with the funds> <abscond from New York> <abscond to Canada>
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