Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To leave quickly and secretly and hide oneself, often to avoid arrest or prosecution.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To hide, withdraw, or be concealed.
  • intransitive v. To depart clandestinely; to steal off and secrete one's self; -- used especially of persons who withdraw to avoid a legal process.
  • transitive v. To hide; to conceal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To retire from public view, or from the place in which one resides or is ordinarily to be found; depart in a sudden and secret manner; take one's self off; decamp; especially, to go out of the way in order to avoid a legal process.
  • To hide, withdraw, or lie concealed: as, “the marmot absconds in winter,” Ray, Works of Creation.
  • Synonyms Escape, retreat, flee, run away, make off.
  • To conceal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along

Etymologies

Latin abscondere, to hide : abs-, ab-, away; see ab-1 + condere, to put; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • After some more lingering chatting, a few more chance encounters, and at least one, "Here, hold this sign that says 'Hi Shann' and let me get a picture, please?" we were prepared to abscond from the premises.

    September 5th, 2005

  • Milan CEO Adriano Galliani has echoed Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's agent Arnold Oosterveer, who insists his client will not abscond from the Italian club amid reports Liverpool are working on a loan deal for him.

    Soccer Blogs - latest posts

  • Is more likely to "abscond" - the entire colony leaves the hive and relocates - in response to repeated intrusions by the beekeeper.

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • Officially, immigration detention is not supposed to be used as punishment; the immigration agency can only detain immigrants in order to more easily deport them, so that they don't "abscond" and evade removal.

    Jane Guskin: Immigration Detention: The Case for Abolition

  • Some are not being well-managed as there is massive speculation and price manipulation, while some have their shareholders directly taking part in transactions, which has led to the embezzlement of clients' funds and prompted some managers to abscond, the statement said, without naming specific companies or individuals.

    Beijing Cracks Down on Trading Houses

  • Paul Michael Barrett Austin may seem quiet, but he's been secretly cooking the books in order to abscond with a large amount drawn from the regional office's bank account.

    George Heymont: Strangers in Strange Lands

  • You know the food is really good when a bunch of foodies are devising clever ways to abscond with a whoopie pie after an epic 20-dish meal.

    Foodies Feast, Family-Style

  • Satisfied, the cop went off to collect, leaving Thurston and his wife to abscond.

    Jim Steinmeyer's "The Last Greatest Magician in the World"

  • Some theorize they were moved for safekeeping, though 19th-century guidebooks suggest vandals attempted to abscond with the precious metal fragments only to succumb to the volcanic ash and lava.

    Apollo Deconstructed

  • "I have no intention to abscond," Mr. Jethmalani said on why Ms. Kanimozhi shouldn't be arrested.

    Hearings Resume in Indian Telecom Case

Comments

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  • I think that must be a Wordie Pro feature, my friend.

    November 14, 2011

  • Have you noticed how many lists the word is in, yarb?

    November 14, 2011

  • Clerks abscond, partners cut their throats, balance sheets won't add up, accounts are cooked.

    Bessie Raynor Parks, "The Land of Gossip"

    November 12, 2011

  • Was just about to say how surprised I am that this word has been listed so many times...

    July 23, 2009

  • "It appears that Lord Waffle has absconded with the silverware"

    April 13, 2009

  • See: absquatulate.

    October 3, 2008

  • Excellent! Too bad, there's no typographical way to convey all the spittle flying around with these words.

    March 11, 2008

  • Best citation I've seen in ages.

    N.b. surprising how popular this word is.

    March 11, 2008

  • That quote just made my night. Thanks, Prolagus.

    March 11, 2008

  • Insulting my integrity, eh, Fatso? Insinuating I'd flee this flea-bitten dump, eh, Fatso? Intimating I'd abscond with your financial remunerations, eh, Fatso?
    (Daffy Duck, in Porky Pig's Feat, 1943)

    March 11, 2008