verb (used without object)
- to depart in a sudden and secret manner, especially to avoid capture and legal prosecution: The cashier absconded with the money.
- (intr) to run away secretly, esp from an open institution or to avoid prosecution or punishment
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.