abscond

[ ab-skond ]

Part of Speech

verb

Definition

to depart in a sudden and secret manner, especially to avoid capture and legal prosecution

Origin + Etymology

from Latin abscondere ‘hide’, from ab- ‘away, from’ + condere ‘stow’

Synonyms

  • bolt
  • break
  • escape
  • disappear
  • flee
  • leave
  • vanish

Antonyms

  • appear
  • arrive
  • come
  • continue
  • remain
  • stay

Example

The thief absconded with the woman's purse.

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