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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-skond]
    • /æbˈskɒnd/
    • /æbˈskɒnd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-skond]
    • /æbˈskɒnd/

Definitions of abscond word

  • verb abscond If someone absconds from somewhere such as a prison, they escape from it or leave it without permission. 3
  • verb abscond If someone absconds with something, they leave and take it with them, although it does not belong to them. 3
  • verb abscond to run away secretly, esp from an open institution or to avoid prosecution or punishment 3
  • intransitive verb abscond to go away hastily and secretly; run away and hide, esp. in order to escape the law 3
  • verb without object abscond to depart in a sudden and secret manner, especially to avoid capture and legal prosecution: The cashier absconded with the money. 1
  • noun abscond Leave hurriedly and secretly, typically to avoid detection of or arrest for an unlawful action such as theft. 1

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Origin of abscond

First appearance:

before 1605
One of the 40% oldest English words
1605-15; < Latin abscondere to hide or stow away, equivalent to abs- abs- + condere to stow (con- con- + -dere to put; see do1)

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Parts of speech for Abscond


abscond popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 73% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for abscond

verb abscond

  • break — When an object breaks or when you break it, it suddenly separates into two or more pieces, often because it has been hit or dropped.
  • hightail — to go away or leave rapidly: Last we saw of him, he was hightailing down the street.
  • fade — to lose brightness or vividness of color.
  • skedaddle — to run away hurriedly; flee.
  • get — to receive or come to have possession, use, or enjoyment of: to get a birthday present; to get a pension.

Antonyms for abscond

verb abscond

  • wait — to remain inactive or in a state of repose, as until something expected happens (often followed by for, till, or until): to wait for the bus to arrive.
  • remain — to continue in the same state; continue to be as specified: to remain at peace.
  • join — to bring in contact, connect, or bring or put together: to join hands; to join pages with a staple.
  • strengthen — to make stronger; give strength to.
  • stay — (of a ship) to change to the other tack.

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