ab·​scond | \ ab-ˈskänd How to pronounce abscond (audio) , əb-\
absconded; absconding; absconds

Definition of abscond

intransitive verb

: to depart secretly and hide oneself He absconded with the stolen money.

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Other Words from abscond

absconder noun

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First appearing in English in the 17th 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").

Examples of abscond in a Sentence

The suspect absconded to Canada. Several prisoners absconded from the jail.

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The prosecution noted that Hasan, while on home confinement in a trespassing case in 2011, had cut off his GPS transmitter and absconded, according to court records. Jeff Weiner, orlandosentinel.com, "Driver accused in hit-and-run that killed UCF student London Harrell released from jail," 2 July 2019 One night in 2002, three interns absconded with a 600-pound safe full of moon rocks from Apollo missions. Daniela Hernandez, WSJ, "NASA Worries its Moon Rocks Will Moonwalk Away," 21 June 2019 The pilot is purposefully opaque about what Sky absconded with. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "A Guide To Grand Hotel's Many Wild, Sexy, Muder-y Mysteries," 18 June 2019 This week’s wanted suspect: Eileen Candy Siagatonu, 39 Wanted: Siagatonu is wanted for absconding from her work furlough program. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego’s Wanted: Violating rules of work furlough program," 13 June 2019 Jeremy Ian Smith, who also practices there, said judges worry that without cash bonds, defendants will abscond. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "Study shows Kentucky counties are 'wildly inconsistent' when it comes to bail treatment," 11 June 2019 The murder defendant who absconded in the middle of his trial last fall couldn't even get sentenced without another strange wrinkle to his case. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee mother gives powerful statement of pain and redemption at sentencing of son's killer," 12 Jan. 2018 That was because of Georges Cardona, Tan’s 40-something American film teacher, who signed on to direct Shirkers, then absconded with all 70 reels of footage, vanishing into thin air. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Sandi Tan’s Shirkers May Be the Year’s Most Compelling Grifter Story," 15 Oct. 2018 As teenagers in 1992, Sandi Tan and her friends Jasmine and Sophie made Singapore’s first indie movie, a scripted film called Shirkers — and then their American mentor absconded with the footage. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The 11 best documentaries of 2018," 5 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of abscond

1652, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abscond

borrowed from Latin abscondere "to conceal, hide," from abs- (variant of ab- ab- before c- and t-) + condere "to put, store up, put away, conceal" — more at recondite

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ab·​scond | \ ab-ˈskänd, əb- How to pronounce abscond (audio) \

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

Other Words from abscond

absconder noun

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