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

Definitions of absconding word

  • adjective absconding running away, esp from an open prison or to avoid prosecution or punishment 3
  • noun absconding the act of running away from an open institution or avoiding prosecution or punishment 3
  • verb without object absconding to depart in a sudden and secret manner, especially to avoid capture and legal prosecution: The cashier absconded with the money. 1
  • noun absconding Present participle of abscond. 1
  • noun absconding An instance in which someone absconds. 0

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Origin of absconding

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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absconding 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 absconding

noun absconding

  • castoff — thrown away; discarded; abandoned
  • disavowal — a disowning; repudiation; denial.
  • breakout — If there has been a break-out, someone has escaped from prison.
  • desertion — the act of deserting or abandoning or the state of being deserted or abandoned

adjective absconding

  • absent without leave — absent from duty without official permission but with no intention of deserting
  • on the run — to go quickly by moving the legs more rapidly than at a walk and in such a manner that for an instant in each step all or both feet are off the ground.
  • awol — If someone in the Armed Forces goes AWOL, they leave their post without the permission of a superior officer. AWOL is an abbreviation for 'absent without leave'.

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