• WordNet 3.6
    • v abscond run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along "The thief made off with our silver","the accountant absconded with the cash from the safe"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Abscond To depart clandestinely; to steal off and secrete one's self; -- used especially of persons who withdraw to avoid a legal process; as, an absconding debtor. "That very homesickness which, in regular armies, drives so many recruits to abscond ."
    • Abscond To hide, withdraw, or be concealed. "The marmot absconds all winter."
    • v. t Abscond To hide; to conceal.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • abscond 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.
    • abscond To hide, withdraw, or lie concealed: as, “the marmot absconds in winter,” Ray, Works of Creation.
    • abscond Synonyms Escape, retreat, flee, run away, make off.
    • abscond To conceal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Abscond abs-kond′ to hide, or quit the country, in order to escape a legal process.
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  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Abscond. To move in a mysterious way, commonly with the property of another.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. abscondere, to hide; ab, abs, + condere, to lay up; con, + dăre,only in comp.) to put. Cf. Do
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. abscondĕre, abs, from or away, condĕre, to hide.


In literature:

It was stated that she absconded.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 2, No. 12, May, 1851." by Various
That is the absconded wife who is living with a run-away husband!
"The German Classics, v. 20" by Various
One or two of the servants have absconded.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
Something burst, dear, and then they absconded.
"Quality Street" by J. M. Barrie
He certainly would not have absconded with the slave, for he had left valuable property behind him.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
He did not resist the master by absconding or force.
"Report of the Decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, and the Opinions of the Judges Thereof, in the Case of Dred Scott versus John F.A. Sandford" by Benjamin C. Howard
Some years ago it was learnt that an absconding bank cashier would probably try to leave England by a certain liner.
"Scotland Yard" by George Dilnot
Three that are not entitled to sick-maintenance: a man who absconds from his chief, from his family, from a poet.
"The Triads of Ireland" by Kuno Meyer
Lethierry's partner had absconded, leaving the treasury of their partnership empty.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
At the third invasion, from the midst of 200,000 men, he absconds a disgraced deserter.
"Secret Diplomatic History of The Eighteenth Century" by Karl Marx

In poetry:

Fantastic grow the evening gowns;
Agents of the Fisc pursue
Absconding tax-defaulters through
The sewers of provincial towns.
"The Fall of Rome" by W H Auden
The Bar Versus The Docket.
This action was brought to get cash from the pocket
Of a debtor absconding and absent, called Docket—
For damage sustained by the Bar, through the laches Of him by whose means the said Bar cut their dashes.
"Scire Facias" by John Gardiner Calkins Brainard

In news:

Warriors May Abscond to San Francisco.
BCSO asks for public's assistance in locating absconder .
Parole absconder evades four bullets but not arrest in Ferndale.
Jackson County Sheriff's Office: Parole absconder arrested in Summit Township.
On Friday, Lars von Trier's critically divisive, Cannes-booed Antichrist — about a husband and wife who abscond to a cabin in the woods to mourn the death of their son and lose their genitals — finally arrives in theaters.
Six of the eight family members in the business are facing criminal charges or are absconding.
Virginia Beach absconding with the.
Mother allegedly absconds to Central America with couple's daughter.
BATON ROUGE, LA — Two youth absconded Tuesday night from Jetson City Center for Youth (JCY).
Its warm, resonant acoustics have mocked the absconding orchestra ever since.
Police halted a train late Friday night to intercept a California man accused of absconding with a 13-year-old Long Island girl he met on the Internet.
A masked person opened fire inside a grocery store Sunday morning, shattering windows and absconding with cash.
A reggae musician wanted in absconding with his two children to avoid child abuse charges in California was captured Tuesday morning in Philadelphia's Kensington section.
Three unknown assailants satisfied their craving for Chinese food by punching a delivery driver in the face and absconding with the takeout Tuesday night.
Sean Owen O'Neill Jr, the Chester County man who absconded after violating the terms of his parole on a DUI charge, has fled to Ireland, county authorities said Wednesday.