Verb abscond Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


abscond (third-person singular simple present absconds, present participle absconding, simple past and past participle absconded)

  1. (intransitive, reflexive, archaic) To hide, to be in hiding or concealment.
  2. (intransitive, reflexive) To flee, often secretly; to steal away, particularly to avoid arrest or prosecution. [2]
  3. (intransitive) To withdraw from. [2]
  4. (transitive, obsolete) To conceal; to take away. [2]
  5. (transitive) To evade, to hide or flee from.

More definition: depart in a sudden and secret manner, especially to avoid capture and legal prosecution, The cashier absconded with the money.

1. (intransitive) to run away secretly, esp from an open institution or to avoid prosecution or punishment Derived Formsabsconder, noun Word OriginC16, from Latin abscondere to hide, put away, from abs-ab-1 + condere to stowCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1560s, from Middle French abscondre and directly from Latin abscondere "to hide, conceal, put out of sight," from ab(s)- "away" (see ab-) + condere "put together, store," from com- "together" (see com-) + dere "put," from PIE *dhe- "to put, place, make" (see factitious). The notion is of "to hide oneself," especially to escape debt or the law. Related, Absconded; absconder; absconding.


The phrase "to levant," meaning to abscond, especially of one who runs away leaving debts unpaid, particularly of a betting man or gambler, is taken from the Span.

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