from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To leave quickly and secretly and hide oneself, often to avoid arrest or prosecution.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To hide, withdraw, or be concealed.
- intransitive v. To depart clandestinely; to steal off and secrete one's self; -- used especially of persons who withdraw to avoid a legal process.
- transitive v. To hide; to conceal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To retire from public view, or from the place in which one resides or is ordinarily to be found; depart in a sudden and secret manner; take one's self off; decamp; especially, to go out of the way in order to avoid a legal process.
- To hide, withdraw, or lie concealed: as, “the marmot absconds in winter,” Ray, Works of Creation.
- Synonyms Escape, retreat, flee, run away, make off.
- To conceal.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along
Latin abscondere, to hide : abs-, ab-, away; see ab-1 + condere, to put; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)