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verb [ intrans. ]

Leave hurriedly and secretly, typically to avoid detection of or arrest for an unlawful action such as theft : She absconded with the remaining thousand dollars.


(of someone on bail) fail to surrender oneself for custody at the appointed time.

(of a person kept in detention or under supervision) escape : 176 detainees absconded.


(of a colony of honeybees, esp. Africanized ones) entirely abandon a hive or nest.

ORIGIN: mid 16th cent. (in the sense [hide, conceal (oneself)] ): from Latin abscondere 'hide,' from ab- 'away, from' + condere 'stow.'

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