- (intransitive) To hide; to withdraw; to be concealed :
- The rabbit absconds to avoid detection from predators
- (intransitive) To depart secretly; to steal away, particularly to avoid arrest or prosecution :
- That very homesickness which, in regular armies, drives so many recruits to . - Macaulay
- (intransitive) To withdraw from, to leave from; to hide from :
- She absconded the feast.
- The captain absconded his responsibility.
- (transitive) (obsolete) To hide something, to conceal something; to take away something :
- "They try to his wages ..." — National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation Inc, 15 February 2005 news release http://nrtw.org/b/nr_379.php.
Etymology: From the Latin abscondere (to hide), formed from abs-, ab-, + condere (to lay up), from con- + dere (to put).
- Dutch: heimelijk vertrekken (van/uit)
- German: sich davonmachen
- Spanish: fugarse, evadirse
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