Answer: to depart secretively, usually hide from the law
Word Origin mid 16th century (in the sense 'hide conceal oneself'): from Latin abscondere 'hide' from ab- 'away from' + condere 'stow'.
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In general usage abscond refers to any act of running away and hiding (usually from the law and often with funds) but in legal circles the word is used specifically when someone who has already become the focus of a legal proceeding hides or takes off in order to evade the legal process (as in "absconded from parole").
Abscond : to get free from a dangerous or confining situation. Synonyms: break out (of) clear out escape… Find the right word. SINCE 1828.
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Abscond means to leave secretly and suddenly especially to avoid being caught punished or put on trial. The word typically implies that someone has left because they have done something wrong and want to avoid any consequences. Criminals abscond to get away with their crimes. A more informal term for abscond is make one's getaway.
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