Definition of abscond in English:

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Pronunciation: /əbˈskänd/


[no object]
1Leave hurriedly and secretly, typically to avoid detection of or arrest for an unlawful action such as theft: she absconded with the remaining thousand dollars
More example sentences
  • Though men brewed the arrack, police arrest women as the men abscond the moment police arrive on the scene.
  • The economic offences wing of the Mumbai police is continuing its search for the six absconding directors of Home Trade.
  • The husband then absconded with the proceeds of sale, and on her return from hospital the wife was excluded from the house by the purchaser, so that she was not physically present on the property when he was registered as proprietor.
run away, escape, bolt, flee, make off, take flight, take off, decamp;
make a break for it, take to one's heels, make a quick getaway, beat a hasty retreat, run for it, make a run for it;
disappear, vanish, slip away, split, steal away, sneak away;
clear out, duck out
informal cut and run, skedaddle, skip, skip town, head for the hills, do a disappearing act, fly the coop, take French leave, vamoose, take a powder
1.1(Of someone on bail) fail to surrender oneself for custody at the appointed time.
Example sentences
  • The spokesman said: ‘Since his conviction for both offences he absconded from bail and his current whereabouts are sought by the police.’
  • Judge Simon Fawcus sentenced him to 18 years for one charge of conspiracy to rob and nine months, to run concurrently, for absconding from bail.
  • He was given two months' jail for the first breach of the ASBO, two months for the second breach, and two weeks for absconding from bail, all to run consecutively.
1.2(Of a person kept in detention or under supervision) escape: 176 detainees absconded
More example sentences
  • What will happen if these fellows escape or abscond tomorrow?
  • I will not abscond in order to avoid extradition to Mexico.
  • If a client absconds, and the solicitor has clear instructions as to how to proceed, then it could be argued that he has either express or implied authority to continue to represent him.
1.3(Of a colony of honeybees, especially Africanized ones) entirely abandon a hive or nest.
Example sentences
  • While Africanized honeybees do make honey and pollinate plants, two traits make them undesirable for beekeepers: colonies regularly abscond from hives, and they are often too defensive to be easily tended.
  • In these circumstances the majority of the colony absconded, leaving a few hundred freshly emerged workers behind.
  • Also, Africanized bees abscond, leaving no queen, workers, or resources.



Pronunciation: /əbˈskändər/
Example sentences
  • Indeed, it seems that an attempt to arrest the real absconder on the basis of this warrant would have been unlawful, since he was not the person named in it.
  • The man who had ruled his country with a brutal and inflexible religious law was now ‘an absconder, a fugitive from justice’ he said.
  • Our goal is to stabilize the ratio of people who are now becoming absconders or fugitives and the number of people we're removing from the country.


Mid 16th century (in the sense 'hide, conceal (oneself)'): from Latin abscondere 'hide', from ab- 'away, from' + condere 'stow'.

Words that rhyme with abscond

beau monde, beyond, blonde, bond, correspond, demi-monde, despond, fond, frond, Gironde, haut monde, pond, respond, ronde, second, wand

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Syllabification: ab·scond

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