Definition of abscond
: to depart secretly and hide oneself He absconded with the stolen money.
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Examples of abscond in a Sentence
The suspect absconded to Canada.
Several prisoners absconded from the jail.
Recent Examples of abscond from the Web
Soon thereafter, McConnell and Senate Republicans absconded into a series of clandestine sessions in the hopes of producing a bill that might also narrowly squeak through, with a little grease and strong-arming.
The deputies finally accosted someone who knew that Washington had absconded from Alabama to Mississippi and boarded a bus.
No, Spicer hadn't jumped ship, though he could be forgiven from absconding from the press grilling that awaited.
A 46-year-old man accused of crashing a stolen SUV into a Denver Public Schools bus on Thursday afternoon, injuring five students, is suspected of absconding from parole and has a long criminal history in Colorado dating back more than two decades.
The Colorado Department of Corrections say he is wanted by the agency for absconding from parole on Jan. 10.
Whatever one makes of the speculation, Zuckerberg has wasted no time getting to work on his resolution, absconding from his Silicon Valley bubble this week to press hands in Texas.
Chee layers his narrative with images of the Second French Empire, all glitz and gaudy excess, that parallel Lilliet’s reinvention of herself as a French operatic diva, after absconding America and moving across the Atlantic.
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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").
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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