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Definition of abscond verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    abscond

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//əbˈskɒnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əbˈskɑːnd//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they abscond
    BrE BrE//əbˈskɒnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əbˈskɑːnd//
     
    he / she / it absconds
    BrE BrE//əbˈskɒndz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əbˈskɑːndz//
     
    past simple absconded
    BrE BrE//əbˈskɒndɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əbˈskɑːndɪd//
     
    past participle absconded
    BrE BrE//əbˈskɒndɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əbˈskɑːndɪd//
     
    -ing form absconding
    BrE BrE//əbˈskɒndɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əbˈskɑːndɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] abscond (from something) to escape from a place that you are not allowed to leave without permission She absconded from every children’s home they placed her in.
  2. 2[intransitive] abscond (with something) to leave secretly and take with you something, especially money, that does not belong to you He absconded with the company funds.
  3. Word Originmid 16th cent. (in the sense ‘hide, conceal oneself’): from Latin abscondere ‘hide’, from ab- ‘away, from’ + condere ‘stow’.
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